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How 'House of the Dragon' beat 'Game of Thrones' in ratings (at first)

Game of Thrones ended eighth at

Season Running as HBO Most Viewed Ever series and was arguably the biggest show on all TV at the time.

expecting the first GoT follow-up, Dragon House , coming out of the gate at these levels. However, the prequels may challenge the numbers at the beginning of Game of Thrones – thanks in part to the foundation of success Its predecessor is already paved.

Game of Thrones with lower GPA ended its run million viewers since its debut on HBO and the amazing 52 made millions across all platforms in its eighth and final season. It has grown its audience with each season, a feat almost unheard of for a series that has been running for such a long time. But it didn’t start out as a world champion.

GOT’ series premieres in April , 2011, which attracted 2. 12 on air night million viewers, and remains fairly close for most of it – The episode runs. The average daily viewers this season was 2.26 million, with a minimum of 2.2 million For the second episode to the highest 3. million dollars for the season finale — a solid but hardly earth-shattering number for HBO at the time.

In contrast, the fourth season of True Blood – in the Throne over – HBO averages less than 5 million viewers per week, according to ton Nielsen. The second season of AMC The Walking Dead is 2019 on cable Top scripted shows average 7.26 million audience.

HBO said that during its full run, Game of Thrones Season 1 averaged 9.3 million viewers watched all platforms – including broadcast replays, DVR and on-demand viewing and limited streaming options available at the time. (HBO Go, HBO’s streaming property at the time, required users to prove they were already HBO subscribers.)

Given (​​Game’s inherent interest in power and HBO’s extensive marketing of House of the Dragon if Sunday’s premiere with GoT ‘s broadcast ratings matched or exceeded. It’s mostly due to Thrones itself: last season’s critics outnumbered its share, but again it’s taking a huge hit. Even three years later, in some mixed reviews , almost all of power

All compliments Season 1​​, Sunday’s interest is likely to be high.

Whether “House of the Dragon” is comparable to its predecessor depends in part on whether its audience behaves in the same way They are the same during Throne run. Although the streaming option has grown throughout its lifespan (HBO Now launched at 44), The premiere of Game of Thrones also remains open for viewing. Throughout its eight seasons, the show’s first night aired about as a percentage of their final total .

Now, like

Euphoria and Succession get less than 2019 th The percentage of final viewers that air on cable at a time. If House of Dragons follows this pattern, it is unlikely to match the broadcast numbers of Thrones’ series debut to match (although its multi-platform count can). But if more people than usual access the show via cable rather than HBO Max, the linear numbers will obviously be closer to the parent show’s linear numbers.

If House of the Dragon does manage to approach or surpass 2 million live viewers on Sunday, which is is very rare in the cable TV environment. Of the scripted cable shows, only Paramount Network’s mega-hit Yellowstone averaged over 2 million daily viewers this season (many: 7. million). The final season of The Walking Dead topped 2 million initial viewers when it premiered just a year ago. The series finale of Better Call Saul earlier this week had 1.8 million same-day ratings, the best since 2019’s third season finale.

The way people watch TV and the business models of the companies that make it have changed dramatically, meaning that the first-night ratings for any series may just be the show’s final audience a small part of. The Dragon House may also be the case. The question is whether its Game of Thrones pedigree will give it a head start in appealing to these audiences.



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