HBO’s Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon, is seeing strong viewership. According Variety, the show now averages 29 million viewers per episode in the United States. This counts the number of viewers on cable TV, HBO Max, and all other places where people can watch HBO content.
Forbes reported that the original Game of Thrones averaged 9.3 million viewers per episode in 2011 for its first season. But mostly, that was ten years ago, when there was no HBO Max. George RR Martin had published some of the A Song of Ice and Fire books, but the fantasy series as a whole was new to many and lacked the cultural significance it now has thanks to the Game of Thrones show.
Game of Thrones ended its run with an average of 44 million viewers per episode in its eighth and final season in 2019. The spin-off series, House of the Dragon, was never expected to perform as well as the main show. It’s something that series star Matt Smith has talked about before.
Smith, who plays Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon, said Game of Thrones had a “cultural imprint” and became a “phenomenon”. He went on to say that it would be “impossible to replicate or recreate” that.
“All we can do is focus on the show that we’re trying to make, and although it’s in the same world, hopefully it will evolve and become its own thing,” Smith said. “It focuses on a smaller group of people, and Thrones was immediately much broader in terms of the story. It’s more like a family drama. It’s never going to recreate the levels of success that Thrones has had because it doesn’t Can’t – it was a totally original moment. But we tried to create something that feels similarly entertaining, but hopefully takes on a different identity.
House of the Dragon premiered on August 21 and is now halfway through its first season. The next episode, which will air on September 25, will feature a 10-year time jump, with new cast members entering to play Rhaenyra and Alicent.
HBO has ordered a second season of House of the Dragon, but we don’t yet know when it will air.
The show now competes with another high-profile fantasy series, Amazon Studios’ Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which drew 25 million viewers for its first episodes.
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