Prison drama ‘Wentworth’ makes Foxtel history

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Who’d have thought that a rehash of an ’80s prison drama show would be a huge hit in a medium that is already saturated with remakes and pastiche? But that’s just what drama Wentworth – the new show inspired by successful series Prisoner – has done.

Recent ratings reveal that Wentworth has become the most watched non-sports program in Australian television subscription history.

The release of timeshift viewing data for the first week of May shows the debut episode of Wentworth ranks as the highest rated episode of any series ever on Foxtel, with the episode attracting a cumulative average audience of over 630,000 viewers across the week.

It’s never too late to get hooked: this week’s episode of Wentworth (premiering Wednesday 22 May on SoHo) will be the fourth in the ten-episode season.