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Game of Thrones Season 6 premiere becomes Australia’s most watched show in Pay TV history

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The highly-anticipated first episode of the sixth season of hit show Game of Thrones has broken records to become the most watched program in Australian subscription television history.

Episode One of Game of Thrones Season Six yesterday achieved a total live audience of more than 727,000 for Foxtel to claim the biggest single day audience on Australian pay TV.

And this figure does not include the number of Foxtel customers who recorded the show and watched it later.

It was screened at 11am on the Showcase channel – the same time as viewers in the US – and the fact it was also a public holiday (Anzac Day) in Australia certainly helped build the audience significantly.

It was also repeated at the prime time slot of 7.30pm that night.

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This is 31 per cent more viewers that tuned in to watch the first episode of Season Five.

This new record audience for Game of Thrones eclipsed the previous audience record of 719,000 set on October 16, 2011 for the World Cup semi-final match between Australian and New Zealand.

“This is an absolutely incredible result and beyond our expectations,” said Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh.

“It doesn’t yet include all of the catch-up viewing from the Foxtel iQ, which will count when we calculate the cumulative audience for the week.

“When you include those figures, as well as encores across the week, we’re forecasting the first episode will absolutely top over 1 million viewers, a phenomenal result by any measure.”