‘House of the Dragon’ viewership: 9.3 million viewers.

‘House of the Dragon’ viewership: 9.3 million viewers.

House of the Dragon” brought in 9.3 million viewers after the first season finale aired on Sunday, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. This includes both linear viewers who caught the episode during its four airings HBO‘s cable channel and HBO Max flows through the night.

That makes Episode 10, titled “The Black Queen,” the most-watched HBO series finale since the previous series “Game of Thrones” concluded its eighth and final season with 19.8 million viewers in 2019. However, “House of the Dragon” failed to surpass its series record of 10.2 million viewers with Episode 2.

WBD has only released viewership totals for the Game of Thrones prequel series twice. The company reported 9.99 million viewers after the series debuted in its premiere episode in August, making it the most-watched HBO series premiere ever, before Episode 2 rose 2%. WBD declined to provide exact numbers for episodes 3-9, although Nielsen’s measurement of the show’s cable viewership, excluding HBO Max, showed a decline after Episode 3 (2.5 million viewers compared to Episode 1’s 3.2 million and Episode 3.5 million 2) and continued to hover near 2.5 million before falling slightly again with 2.4 million viewers for Episode 8 and 2.2 million for Episode 9.

Without specifying the exact number of viewers, WBD confirmed exclusively that Diversity that total viewership including cable and streaming increased by 5% with Episode 4by 3% with the 5th episode and by another 3% with the 6th episode. (The company declined to share any viewership information for episodes 7-9.)

Other available data on the performance of “House of the Dragon” on HBO Max comes from Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings. These numbers indicate the show’s combined performance during the Monday-Sunday viewing period, rather than breaking it down by episode, so the first Nielsen report mentioning “Dragon House” includes only the first few hours of availability for Episode 1, while the following week’s report includes a full week of viewing for Episode 1 plus a few hours of Episode 2, etc. Additionally, the rankings are released with a one-month delay, meaning the latest report only includes the first six episodes of “Dragon House.”

Additionally, Nielsen’s HBO Max streaming report for the series showed 327 million minutes watched in its first week, 741 million minutes in its second week, 781 million minutes in its third week, 1.02 billion minutes watched in the fourth week, 960 million minutes watched in the fifth week and 1.01 billion minutes viewed in the sixth week.

Thanks to years of fanfare for the franchise and arguably HBO’s biggest marketing campaign ever, “Dragon House” premiere of nearly 10 million viewers far outsold “Game of Thrones” 2011 premiere, which drew just 4.2 million viewers. Comparing the first season finales of the two shows, “Dragon House” wins again — “Game of Thrones” finished its first installment with 3.9 million viewers.

“House of the Dragon” is based on the 2018 novel “Fire & Blood” by George RR Martin. The series is set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and tells the story of House Targaryen. Martin co-created the series with Ryan Condal, who is co-showrunner with director Miguel Sapochnik. Martin, Condal and Sapochnik are executive producers along with Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis and Ron Schmidt.

“We’re so excited to see ‘House of Dragons’ catch fire with Game of Thrones fans around the world, as well as new viewers discovering the world of Westeros for the first time,” said Casey Bloys, president and CEO of HBO and HBO Max “Congratulations to George, Ryan, Miguel and the entire ‘House of the Dragon’ team on an incredible first season.”

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