House of the Dragon viewership increases another 3% for latest episode

Pentos, Young Baela (Shani Smethhurst), 1x06 (1)

House of the Dragon ratings continue to climb six weeks into its first season.

According to Variety, episode 6, “The Princess and the Queen” drew 3% more viewers than episode 5, continuing a steady rise in viewership, as episode 5 likewise saw a 3% increase, and episode 4 saw a 5% increase.

As has been noted, these statistics do not account for everything (c’mon, pirating statistics!), but I do think it’s a reasonable inference that many Game of Thrones fans who were hesitant to give House of the Dragon a try, whether because of disappointment for season 8 or because of the tepid track records of prequels in general, are starting to tune in, now that the critical and audience reception has been so positive.

14 Comments

  1. Very nice to see this trend continue! The show is so good. I hope we won’t have to wait a full 2 years before S2 starts airing

  2. Caraxes, First of His Name,

    Sadly I don’t see how it can be less than a year and a half or almost two years between 1×10 and 2×01. They’re still in the scripting stage, so I can’t imagine they’re gonna start filming until Summer 2023, or Spring 2023 if they really hurry up, which means we won’t see the second season until… Winter-Spring 2024 at the very earliest? Or more likely Summer 2024? Hopefully I’m wrong, but… I don’t think so.

  3. Luka Nieto:
    Caraxes, First of His Name,

    Sadly I don’t see how it can be less than a year and a half or almost two years between 1×10 and 2×01. They’re still in the scripting stage, so I can’t imagine they’re gonna start filming until Summer 2023, or Spring 2023 if they really hurry up, which means we won’t see the second season until… Winter-Spring 2024 at the very earliest? Or more likely Summer 2024? Hopefully I’m wrong, but… I don’t think so.

    The advantage the HOTD team has to GOT is the writer’s room. They can come up with ideas quicker & can hand off scripts to different writers & have them finished faster than D&D writing the majority of them without much input from anyone but D&D.

  4. Tried to edit a comment & it was flagged as spam. I think there is something wrong with the spam filter…

  5. Well, the question is, how do people react to the new cast?

    That said, I don’t expect the audience shrinking anytime soon. Particularly since the new kid characters might now be the most interesting part.

  6. I also think that fall 2024 is the most likely. Maybe it can be a bit faster than S1 as the groundwork has been laid already with costumes, locations, sets, actors etc.

    The HOTD writers room can hopefully speed up the process a bit. In retrospect, I’m really impressed with how D&D managed to make the seasons so quickly without a big team. I love their work on GOT and I think that HBO has struck gold again with Condal who has been great so far!

    I’m a big Westworld fan so I’m used to 2 years between seasons but with GOT it was always one season a year so it’ll take some getting used to. However of course they should take their time and not rush anything.

    As HOTD will likely become a long running show, it might be a nice idea to air another successor show like 10,000 Ships (when it’s ready) in the years between HOTD seasons.

  7. Best episode by far. I hope Daemon evovles, For me, he is the most disappointing with the show. Will miss Alcock, she was amazing. Show stealer!

  8. GOT fans watched Episode 1 for a number or reasons, excitement, curiosity, whatever. But the show is good, not perfect, but good. It’s getting better as the season progresses, so word of mouth must be playing a part. Maybe people who didn’t like S8 and decided to skip it have caved, maybe some new fans have tuned in. It’s great news for the show. It also means that I will probably get my Dunk and Egg show!

  9. I doubt writing will really be a bottleneck in terms of offseason time. Especially with finished source material. Pre and post will be a bear, though. Building sets, location scouting, and eventually doing all the CGI should consume increasing amounts of time as future seasons will have more locations, larger battles, and more dragons.

    Still not sure it should take two years as a normal thing, though. Westworld has the excuse that Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan are working on so many other projects at the same time, along with bigger name actors doing a lot of offseason film work they need to coordinate filming schedules with.

  10. I’m pleased to see the viewership continue to grow for HotD. While I wish we spent an episode or two before going 10 years forward, I very much enjoyed the latest episode 🙂

    Ten Bears,

    (Btw, sent you an email!)

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