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A closer look at how popular House of the Dragon is right now, by the numbers

Updated Sep 28th, 2022 10:07PM EDT
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Image: Ollie Upton/HBO

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Just ahead of the second episode of HBO’s House of the Dragon that aired on Sunday, August 28, the network on Friday announced what felt like a foregone conclusion: A season two of this Game of Thrones prequel series is definitely, officially coming.

In tandem with that announcement, HBO added that House of the Dragon — which arrived three years after the much-maligned Thrones finale, back in 2019 — had also debuted to the largest audience for any new original series in HBO history. More than 20 million viewers across linear, On Demand, and HBO Max platforms in the US watched the premiere, based on a combination of Nielsen and first-party data.

House of the Dragon — #1 on IMDb

“We are beyond proud of what the entire House of the Dragon team has accomplished with season one,” HBO programming executive vice president Francesca Orsi said. “Our phenomenal cast and crew undertook a massive challenge and exceeded all expectations, delivering a show that has already established itself as must-see-TV.”

Meanwhile, IMDb data provides a closer look at the degree to which that is indeed the case.

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A production still from HBO’s “House of the Dragon,” Episode 2. Image source: Ollie Upton/HBO

For one thing, House of the Dragon is currently the #1, most popular TV show in the world. That’s according to data from IMDbPro, which ranks titles weekly based on the page views generated by the more than 200 million monthly visitors to IMDb.

READ MORE: House of the Dragon episode 1 recap: There will be blood, and a new queen

Viewer reaction

In terms of some additional House of the Dragon-related data points from IMDb,

  • Emma D’Arcy (who plays the older version of Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen ) is currently the #1 most popular star in the world. That’s according to IMDbPro STARmeter rankings, which chart on a weekly basis the page views from IMDb’s total million monthly visitors. 
  • House of the Dragon stars also represent seven of the 10 most popular stars in the world, according to this week’s IMDbPro STARmeter rankings. They are Emma D’Arcy at #1, Milly Alcock at #2, Matt Smith at #3, Olivia Cooke at #6, Paddy Considine at #7, Eve Best at #9, and Emily Carey at #10.

Meanwhile, over at Rotten Tomatoes, now that the show is two episodes in it currently enjoys an 83% critics’ score there, based on 504 reviews so far. Rotten Tomatoes viewers, however, have judged the series just slightly better. They’ve given the show an 85% audience score, based on 1,716 reviews at the moment.

Image source: Ollie Upton/HBO

According to Cole Strain, vice president of measurement products at Samba TV, episode two of House of the Dragon drew the second-highest household viewership of any premium cable and streaming program of 2022 so far. It trails only, you guessed it, episode one of the show. Data from Samba TV shows that 2.2 million US households watched episode two on HBO or HBO Max within its first day, which was down just slightly from the 2.6 million US households for the first episode.

More HBO Max coverage: Want to know what’s streaming on HBO Max now? Be sure to check out the list of new releases on HBO Max for September.

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