The latest ratings are in, courtesy of Variety, and it looks like House of the Dragon is holding on strong (pardon the house pun) in its fifth week out.
According to Variety, episode 5 brought in 3% more viewers than Episode 4, using a combination of Nielsen figures and streaming numbers from Sunday night from HBO/HBOMax platforms. We’re still waiting to hear the total numbers of viewers from all platforms.
When isolating linear viewership, according to Nielsen, 2.576 million people tuned into the episode on HBO itself, a 4% increase when compared to last week’s 2.474 million cable viewers.
They also report that season 1 of the show is averaging “29 million viewers per episode across its first five episodes.”
Halfway through the first season, this is where we would logically see a plateau point; fans know what they’re getting and whether or not they want it. It’s nice to see HOTD grow at a healthy pace, with a developing fandom. While the numbers are fun to follow, they don’t always tell the complete tale. More telling than the straightforward numbers, to me, is the consistent engagement of fans online with the spinoff. It’s not at the level of Game of Thrones season 8, no, but it’s already at a massive level for a new show. And it will be fun to see the pirating figures once those come out!