“Home of the Dragon” introduced in 9.3 million viewers after airing its Season 1 finale on Sunday, in keeping with Warner Bros. Discovery. This consists of each linear viewers who caught the episode throughout its 4 airings on HBO’s cable channel and HBO Max streams via the evening.
That makes Episode 10, titled “The Black Queen,” HBO’s most-watched sequence finale since “Sport of Thrones” concluded its eighth and last season with 19.8 million viewers in 2019.
That is solely the third time WBD has launched whole viewership numbers for the “Sport of Thrones” prequel sequence. The corporate reported 9.99 million viewers after the sequence debuted its premiere episode in August, making it the most-watched HBO sequence premiere ever, and Episode 2 crept up by 2% to a complete of 10.2 million viewers via its first evening. WBD declined to share precise numbers for Episodes 3-9, although Nielsen’s measurement of the present’s cable viewership, excluding HBO Max. confirmed a drop after Episode 3 (2.5 million viewers in comparison with Episode 1’s 3.2 million and Episode 2’s 3.5 million), however remained principally regular for the remainder of the season.
With out giving an actual variety of viewers, WBD did affirm solely to Selection that total viewership together with each cable and streaming rose by 5% with Episode 4, by 3% with Episode 5 and by one other 3% with Episode 6. (The corporate declined to share any details about viewership of episodes 7-9.)
The opposite obtainable knowledge concerning the efficiency of “Home of the Dragon” on HBO Max comes from Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings. These numbers level a sequence’s mixed efficiency throughout a Monday to Sunday viewing interval reasonably than separating by episode, so the primary Nielsen report mentioning “Home of the Dragon” consists of solely the primary few hours of availability for Episode 1, whereas the subsequent week’s report features a full week of viewership for Episode 1 plus a couple of hours of Episode 2, and so forth. Moreover, the rankings are launched with a one-month delay, that means the latest report solely consists of the primary six episodes of “Home of the Dragon.”
That mentioned, Nielsen’s reporting of HBO Max streaming of the sequence confirmed 327 million minutes considered within the first week, 741 million minutes considered in second week, 781 million minutes considered within the third week, 1.02 billion minutes considered within the fourth week, 960 million minutes considered within the fifth week and 1.01 billion minutes considered within the sixth week.
Because of years of franchise fandom and arguably HBO’s biggest-ever advertising and marketing marketing campaign, the “Home of the Dragon” premiere’s practically 10 million viewers outpaced the 2011 “Sport of Thrones” sequence premiere by a substantial quantity, because the latter was considered by solely 4.2 million. Evaluating the 2 reveals’ Season 1 finales, “Home of the Dragon” wins — “Sport of Thrones” concluded its first set up with 3.9 million viewers.
“Home of the Dragon” relies on George R.R. Martin’s 2018 novel “Hearth & Blood.” The sequence is ready 200 years earlier than the occasions of “Sport of Thrones” and tells the story of Home Targaryen. Main forged members embrace Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Greatest, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno and Rhys Ifans. Martin co-created the sequence with Ryan Condal, who serves as co-showrunner with director Miguel Sapochnik. Martin, Condal and Sapochnik all government produce alongside Sara Hess, Jocelyn Diaz, Vince Gerardis and Ron Schmidt.
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