‘House Of The Dragon’ Triples Viewership Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 1


House of the Dragon is exactly the kind of mega-hit HBO hoped it would be, high on Game of Thrones nostalgia, when the series was still good. And the numbers reflect that.

According to Variety, viewership for House of the Dragon continues to slow but steady, and now the show averages 29 million viewers per episode in its first five episodes. What does that mean in context?

Those are monster numbers for any premium cable show, and compared to its previous series, that 29 million is more than triple the 9.3 million viewers HBO said Season 1 of Game of Thrones was average when it aired. Of course, that was ten years ago, with fewer places to watch, and the series just got stepped up. But even taking that into account, 29 million isn’t that far off the 46 million Game of Thrones averaged in season 8, its final season.

Here’s how Game of Thrones progressed over time with its average viewership:

  • Season 1 – 9.3 Million
  • Season 2 – 11.6 Million
  • Season 3 – 14.4 Million
  • Season 4 – 19.1 million
  • Season 5 – 20.2 million
  • Season 6 – 25.7 million
  • Season 7 – 32.8 Million
  • Season 8 – 46 Million

So, House of the Dragon has been given a free pass to go all the way through to nearly Season 7 issues of Game of Thrones, clearly boosted by being in the same universe and a deep appetite for fans wanting more, namely the world again. interesting and good, unlike those last few non-book seasons of the main show.

We’re not exactly sure what HBO has planned for House of the Dragon, though at least one more season seems possible. There’s a very specific, difficult ending for this cast of characters from the source material, but there’s also some talk of the show turning into a Targaryen anthology, following the demented family through other times, in other ages.

And, of course, HBO has many more spin-off shows in the works, but which ones will make it to final production remains unclear, as HBO has shown a willingness to kill anything they don’t have faith in, like the Old Valyria show that became discontinued before House of the Dragon took its place. Most curious is the concept of a Jon Snow-led follow-up show pitched by Kit Harrington himself, as that’s the only proposed project that would actually take place after the run of the original series.

But hey, the sheer number of House of the Dragon viewers here probably means more seasons and more Thrones spin-offs. Stay tuned.

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