House of the Dragon is HBO’s biggest premiere ever

HBO has announced that the first episode of the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon was its biggest premiere of all time. In the US alone, the episode was viewed 9.986 million times across its standard service and streaming service HBO Max.

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The last episode of Game of Thrones racked up 13.7 million live viewers on its cable channels, while that jumped to 19 million when taking streaming and other video-on-demand services into account. According to HBO, ahead of the Dragon premiere, interest in the original series spiked, drawing a weekly average in streaming for August that was up 90 percent in July.

With so many people disappointed in the way the original series ended, the question hanging over the House of the Dragon series was whether or not people are still interested in a series that burnt them back in 2019. HBO certainly has an answer to that question, now don’t they?

HBO chief content officer Casey Bloys said in a statement that “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.”

It is a pivotal time in the streaming wars. With Netflix’s power and dominance in the industry waning, and several others growing extremely quickly, HBO is putting a lot of money into its original content for HBO Max. In early September, the much-hyped Lord of the Rings spinoff series, The Rings of Power, will hit Amazon Prime Video, pitting the two loved fantasy franchises against one another on two competing streaming services. The Rings of Power will land on September 2nd with two episodes, with a new episode being released every week.