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House of the Dragon Breaks Records as the Most-Watched Premiere in HBO History

Nearly 10 million people tuned in to the Game of Thrones spinoff on Sunday.
  • Milly Alcock in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)
    Milly Alcock in House of the Dragon. (Photo: HBO)

    Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is setting new records for HBO and HBO Max. 

    Some 10 million viewers across the Home Box Office's platforms tuned in to watch the story of the Targaryens unfold this past Sunday, also the biggest series launch ever for HBO Max around the world. In addition to being HBO's top premiere to date, this record also marks the largest single-night audience across platforms since House of the Dragon's predecessor's final episode aired back in 2019. (The Game of Thrones finale drew 19.3 million viewers). 

    Based on George R.R. Martin's Fire & Blood, House of the Dragon is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and focuses on the extremely blond, dragon-loving Targaryen family. 

    "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," Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer at HBO and HBO Max, said in a statement Monday. 

    At this rate, we expect a Season 2 renewal announcement for House of the Dragon any day now. 

    House of the Dragon airs Sundays at 9:00 PM ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: House of the Dragon, HBO, Game of Thrones, Paddy Considine, Rhys Ifans, Sian Brooke