Winter is coming… again.
Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon was a smash hit, setting records for HBO and averaging 29 million viewers per episode, but one show actually beats it in the ratings.
No, it’s not The Lord of the Rings: The Power Rings or any of the Marvel series or Star Wars. It’s actually Game of Thrones, the parent series, which isn’t even currently airing as it ended in 2019.
On the Nielsen Streaming Top 10 charts between August 22 and 28, “House of the Dragon” ranked sixth with 741 million minutes watched.
Meanwhile, Game of Thrones ranked third with 909 million minutes of watch time on HBO Max. The parent is currently outperforming their child.
These ratings do not provide a complete view of global TV viewing habits as they only cover the US and do not include minutes watched on mobile or desktop.
However, it does suggest that House of the Dragon, set some 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and following the scheming and incestuous Targaryen family, seems to have audiences wanting to watch Game of Thrones again . ”
For some it is to refresh this world. And for others, they’re returning to “GoT” to reminisce about the glory days of that franchise. “I’m rewatching GoT because House of the Dragon was so great,” said one viewer tweeted.
“House of the Dragon,” which currently airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO, was the highest-watched premiere of all time for an original series on HBO, with 10 million viewers. In comparison, Game of Thrones had a more modest 2.2 million viewers for its pilot episode in 2011. But in the end, the final season of “Game of Thrones” averaged around 44 million viewers, according to HBO.
So “House of the Dragon” is a hit. But so far it hasn’t surpassed the original.