Los Angeles, August 23 - The prequel series of HBO's global hit "Game of Thrones" - House of the Dragon
takes domestic viewership by storm. The first episode of the series premiered on August 21 and becomes the most-watched HBO and HBO Max premiere episode for any series.
The fantasy drama series based on the A Song of Ice and Fire novels by George R. R. Martin began with a record 10 million viewers watching it on Sunday in the US, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. The company hasn't released the global stats yet.
The "House of the Dragon's" 10-million viewership is more than double of the previous HBO record holder "Game of Thrones", which premiered with 4.2 million viewers exclusively on HBO in 2011. It has been reported that the HBO site got crashed upon the premiere of "House of the Dragon".
Meanwhile, according to Samba TV, which independently measures terrestrial smart TVs, 2.6 million US households watched the prequel series during the first six hours after the episode's 9 p.m. ET premiere Sunday. That gave the Game of Thrones prequel the highest premiere-day viewership across cable and streaming so far this year, outperforming Netflix's global hit Stranger Things Season 4 same-day numbers of 1.2 million US households.
Samba TV co-founder and CEO Ashwin Navin said (via comicbook), "HBO has once again tapped into the magic of Game of Thrones with its spinoff series, House of the Dragon. Diehard GoT fans have been eagerly anticipating more from the franchise and they turned out in force for House of the Dragon, with the HBO program generating the biggest single-day premium cable or streaming viewership premiere in 2022".
Based on parts of the novel Fire & Blood, the series is set about 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It portrays the beginning of the end of House Targaryen, the events leading up to and covering the Targaryen war of succession, known as the "Dance of the Dragons".