House of the Dragon has been winning the love of the audience since the show’s debut on August 21, 2022. And the love is quite visible in the number of viewers the show has gotten.
According to the latest statistics, House of the Dragon averaged 29 million viewers per episode. The game of thrones prequel opened with 10 million viewers, and the numbers kept rising with each subsequent episode. Read on for the show’s full viewership stats.
House of the Dragon averages 29 million viewers over first five episodes
Statistics include both cable network and streaming views and include viewership for the latest episode, We light the way. Episode 5 attracted 3% more viewership than Episode 4, king of the narrow sea. If we only consider cable viewers, according to Nielsen, 2.576 million people watched the latest episode on HBO, compared to 2.474 million cable viewers last week.
The first episode of the series attracted 10 million viewers, a number which increased in the second episode and reached 10.2 million. The third episode saw a drop of 1 million viewers in cable viewership, due to the Labor Day weekend.
The show then resumed, with Episode 4 getting 5% more viewership than the previous episode, and finally, Episode 5 achieving a 3% increase in viewership. If the trend continues, the show will surely reach the numbers of its predecessor, game of throneswhich averaged 44 million viewers in its final season.
HBO has already ordered a second season of the show
Looking at the record number of viewers, HBO ordered a second season of the show shortly after the first episode aired. The show came as a sigh of relief for the cable network, which canceled a number of shows in the recent past due to lack of ratings.
Announcing the renewal, HBO said in a statement at the time, “We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with Season 1. Our phenomenal cast and crew rose to a challenge. in size and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as a TV staple.
“A big thank you (to co-creator and executive producer George RR Martin and co-creator and showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik) for guiding us on this journey. We couldn’t be more excited to continue to bringing the epic saga of House Targaryen to life with Season 2,” the statement continued.
The show introduces new actors in the next episode
The success of the show can be attributed to the gripping storyline and the stellar performances of the actors. In the first five episodes, Milly Alcock played Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey played Queen Alicent Hightower. Both actresses were able to cement their position in the hearts of the audience and fans loved their performances.
In the next installment, the series will see a 10-year jump, after which Alcock and Carey will be replaced by Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke respectively. Now, it will be interesting to see if the new cast members will live up to expectations and if fans will stick with the show even after their favorite actors have left.
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