According to the outlet, more than 1 million people downloaded the episode via BitTorrent in half a day, although it admitted numbers could be off because of the differences in time zones.

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The show is legally available in Australia via Foxtel at the same time as in the U.S., as well as on the media company’s subscription streaming service, Foxtel Play. Episode 1 was watched by a total audience of 727,000, the company said in an emailed statement, a number 31 percent great than Season 5.

“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,” Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh, added. “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!”

Nevertheless, in the venn diagram of Game of Thrones fans and enthusiastic torrenters, there must be a healthy amount of overlap. If this trend continues, the show could be on track to take out the crown for most pirated show of the year. Yet again.