Despite glitches for some people trying to watch via Fire TV Sticks, HBO announced that the first episode of its Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon recorded the community’s biggest premiere of all time, recording 9.986 million viewers throughout linear and HBO Max streaming on Sunday night time in the US alone.
The unique Game of Thrones sequence closed out its run with 13.7 million live viewers on linear channels for the finale in 2019, clocking over 19 million views with the addition of streaming and video-on-demand numbers. According to HBO, forward of the Dragon premiere, curiosity in the unique sequence — with the whole sequence now available for streaming in 4K on HBO Max — spiked, drawing a weekly common in streaming for August that was up 90 p.c in July.
Now there seems to be a solution to the query of whether or not viewers have been nonetheless enthusiastic about the sequence after the earlier present’s last season and with so many individuals altering their viewing habits to streaming over cable in the final two years. HBO chief content material officer Casey Bloys stated in an announcement that “[i]t 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.”
While it’s exhausting to match the numbers precisely, they’re notable for HBO and HBO Max and are available following a pair of weeks of bewildering choices by its new company father or mother Warner Bros. Discovery. Recently, execs tossed the intended-for-HBO Max Batgirl movie into the vault, dropped many exhibits from streaming, together with some beloved animated titles, and yanked hundreds of episodes of Sesame Street from HBO Max.
It’s additionally going through competitors in the swords-and-sorcery subgenre as Amazon’s Prime Video service launches its own high-priced epic on September 2nd when The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres. The Lord of the Rings sequence will launch at 9PM ET on a Thursday night with two episodes, then roll out one episode each week at midnight (ET) on Friday mornings via the finale episode set for launch on October 14th. New episodes of House of the Dragon will pop up each Sunday night time at 9PM ET till its first season ends on October twenty third.