Milly Alcock as Young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen House of the Dragon
via HBO

‘House of the Dragon’ breaks massive record that not even ‘Game of Thrones’ could conquer

Daenerys might be the breaker of chains, but she's not the breaker of records.

The premiere of the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon is officially HBO’s most-watched series premiere ever.

Recommended Videos

The show pulled in 9.99 million viewers through HBO and HBO Max on Sunday, according to Variety. The tally includes both scheduled and streaming viewings. Those numbers mean that it’s the largest audience a show has ever pulled in on the network, including shows that aired before the streaming era on the network.

The numbers, while surprising, aren’t completely improbable considering Game of Thrones is HBO’s biggest hit of all time. Because of this fact, the network pumped millions into a marketing campaign that apparently did its job.

It’s not exactly fair to compare this premiere with the previous one in 2011, because no one really knew how big Thrones would ultimately get. The news is great for HBO, who’s on a seismic roll with another hit on its hands: Euphoria. That show is the network’s second most watched of all time (2.4 million people) and even with numbers like that it’s still 76 percent less than the monster that is House of the Dragon.

Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max, praised viewers for returning to the fictional world of Westeros.

“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.”

The show is based on Fire & Blood, a 2018 novel by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin. It’s set 200 years before the events of the other show and it centers around House Targaryen. The show’s popular with both critics and audiences, as evidenced by its 83 percent critic score and 88 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

In fact, so many people tried to watch the premiere that HBO Max crashed frequently during the premiere, causing some viewers to be unable to watch.

Episode one of House of the Dragon is currently available to stream on HBO Max now that the crashing issues have gone away. The first season of the show will run for ten episodes with new ones premiering weekly throughout September and October.


We Got This Covered is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article What is the release date for ‘The Substance’?
the substance demi moore
Read Article ‘A kill order for President Trump’: Marjorie Taylor Greene is trying to impeach someone again, displaying an urgent need for hobbies and maybe a therapist
Marjorie Taylor Greene with her mouth hanging open in front of reporters and microphones
Read Article ‘Beyond proud of myself’: Woman who helped send rapist down for 15 years is now thriving and living her best life
Screengrabs from different videos from Trippyspinez's TikTok account.
Read Article ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ already earning over $8M at the box office means it could set an insane 2024 record
Deadpool in Deadpool and Wolverine/stock photo of dollar bills
Read Article ‘Girl, this is a Netflix series’: Woman tells all on how she fell for a Russian mobster and ended up in jail for 10 years
TikTok screenshots via Jen Jen Gomez
Related Content
Read Article What is the release date for ‘The Substance’?
the substance demi moore
Read Article ‘A kill order for President Trump’: Marjorie Taylor Greene is trying to impeach someone again, displaying an urgent need for hobbies and maybe a therapist
Marjorie Taylor Greene with her mouth hanging open in front of reporters and microphones
Read Article ‘Beyond proud of myself’: Woman who helped send rapist down for 15 years is now thriving and living her best life
Screengrabs from different videos from Trippyspinez's TikTok account.
Read Article ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ already earning over $8M at the box office means it could set an insane 2024 record
Deadpool in Deadpool and Wolverine/stock photo of dollar bills
Read Article ‘Girl, this is a Netflix series’: Woman tells all on how she fell for a Russian mobster and ended up in jail for 10 years
TikTok screenshots via Jen Jen Gomez
Author
Jon Silman
Jon Silman is a stand-up comic and hard-nosed newspaper reporter (wait, that was the old me). Now he mostly writes about Brie Larson and how the MCU is nose diving faster than that 'Black Adam' movie did. He has a Zelda tattoo (well, Link) and an insatiable love of the show 'Below Deck.'