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House of the Dragon Scores Nearly 10 Million Viewers With Premiere Episode

August 23, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
House of the Dragon Episode 1 Image Credit: Ollie Upton/HBO

Game of Thrones is back in a big way, with the House of the Dragon premiere hitting almost 10 million viewers with its first episode. WarnerMedia announced that the episode marks the biggest series launch in the history of HBO with 9.986 million viewers across linear (TV) and HBO Max platforms on Sunday night. That number is also the largest series launch on HBO Max across the U.S., LatAm, and EMEA.

The episode’s numbers is not on the same level of Game of Thrones at its height; the original show peaked with 13.61 million viewers for its series finale in May of 2019. However, the numbers are in line with season seven (the penultimate season), which averaged 10.26 million viewers running from a low of 9.25 million and a high of 12.07 million. (Of note, these were before HBO Max was a thing, so the comparisons are not quite apples-to-apples).

“It was wonderful to see millions of Game of Thrones fans return with us to Westeros last night. House of the Dragon features an incredibly talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into the production, and we’re ecstatic with viewers’ positive response,” said Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer, HBO & HBO Max. “We look forward to sharing with audiences what else George, Ryan, and Miguel have in store for them this season.”

The show airs Sunday nights moving forward on HBO and HBO Max, with the first season running 10 episodes.