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Game of Thrones premiere makes Aussie pay TV history

Never mind the pirates: Foxtel rakes in its best ever viewership figures on the back of the season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones.

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Sure, Australia might still be the world leader when it comes to pirating Game of Thrones, but we're also doing a pretty decent job of paying for it as well.

Or at least that's what it looks like thanks to the latest viewership figures from Foxtel. The pay TV service says that the premiere episode of season 6 managed to get 1,224,000 viewers, which is the most ever for both sport and non-sport programming.

That 1.2 million wasn't all at once, of course. The overnight figures for episode one was 727,000 with the rest of the viewership coming in from one of the many, many repeats on the Showtime channel. (A quick count from us saw over 15 different airings of the episode during the week.)

This is significantly up from last year's figures: The total figure is 33 percent higher than season 5's opener. For a bit of perspective, The Voice episode that aired on Monday May 9 had 1.4 million viewers. The highest amount of viewers for a single channel broadcast under the current Oztam system is just over four million people for 2005's Men's Single's Final of the Australian Open.