Last night’s “House of the Dragon” season premiere marked the return of Westeros to HBO, and it attracted a large audience. Warner Bros. Discovery reports that “House of the Dragon” attracted 9.99 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max after its Sunday episode debut. This audience count includes both linear airings and HBO Max streamed on opening night.
Including programming that launched before the streaming era, as well as HBO series that have subsequently debuted on defunct digital platforms HBO Now and HBO Go, as well as its successor HBO Max, HBO claims that “House of the Dragon” attracted the greatest audience in the pay TV channel’s history.
Since “Game of Thrones” ended in 2019, it has continued to be HBO’s largest success of all time. As its prequel series, “House of the Dragon” is undoubtedly the programme to receive the most promotion and attention from the network since. As a consequence, the “Heirs of the Dragons” series debut exceeded the “Game of Thrones” series launch in 2011, which attracted 4.2 million people. And although it may be unfair to compare “House of the Dragon” to the success its predecessor finally achieved—the eighth and final season of “Game of Thrones” debuted to a record-breaking 17.9 million viewers—there is another, more contemporary HBO series that is worthwhile bringing up.
In addition to being HBO’s most popular programme thus far in 2022, Sam Levinson’s “Euphoria” also passed “Game of Thrones” in February to become the network’s second-most popular series of all time. Its opening episode was seen by 2.4 million viewers, 76% fewer than “House of the Dragon,” despite the fact that viewership climbed from the start of the season to the finish.
Based on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 book “Fire & Blood,” “House of the Dragon” is a fantasy series. The show chronicles the history of House Targaryen and is set 200 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans are among the prominent cast members. The sitcom was co-created by Martin and Ryan Condal, who also acts as co-showrunner with Miguel Sapochnik, the director. Along with Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis, and Ron Schmidt, executive producers include Martin, Condal, and Sapochnik.