House of the Dragon was the most-viewed series premiere of 2022 and for HBO all-time.
The Game of Thornes franchise is back after the divisive conclusion to the original series, with House of the Dragon already off to an impressive start for HBO. The series debuted on Sunday and brought in 9.99 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max. For reference, the first Game of Thrones episode debuted with 4.2 million in 2011, but the show’s final season premiere was watched by 17.9 million.
A Massive Return To Westeros
The 9.99 million views make House of the Dragon the most-watched series premiere for the network to date. HBO & HBO Max Chief Content Officer Casey Bloys said the following about the record-breaking debut:
“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. We look forward to sharing with audiences what else George, Ryan, and Miguel have in store for them this season.”
According to SambaTV, House of the Dragon was also the most-watched streaming or premium cable premiere of 2022. 2.6 million households tuned in to the Game of Thrones prequel during the first six hours it was available.
Here is the synopsis for the Game of Thrones spin-off series:
Based on George R.R. Martin’s book Fire & Blood, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen (a.k.a. the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons herself, Daenerys Targaryen) and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.
Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan J. Condal serve as co-showrunners on House of the Dragon and are executive producing alongside George R. R. Martin. The series features a star-studded cast that includes Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, and Sonoya Mizuno.
New episodes of House Of The Dragon premiere on HBO and HBO Max every Sunday at 9 ET. Stay tuned for all the latest news on Game of Thrones, and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.
Sources: HBO and SambaTV