'House of the Dragon' averaging 29M viewers per episode as viewership continues to rise in Week 5
The fifth episode of 'House of the Dragon' saw a significant increase in the viewership of the show
‘House of the Dragon’ is undoubtedly one of the biggest shows on the planet right now and it keeps on getting better with each passing episode. The series, which premiered on August 21, 2022, smashed records when it was announced that more than 10 million people watch the first episode in the first 24 hours of its release. The show garnered similar figures in Week 2 as well, but the linear dropped significantly in Week 3. However, it seems the series has found its core audience and continues to be a force to be reckoned with on TV.
According to a new report, the fifth episode of the ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel has managed to draw 3 percent more viewers than the previous episode, titled ‘King of the Narrow Sea’. The report also indicated that Season 1 of ‘House of the Dragon’ is currently averaging 29 million viewers per episode.
The new report by Variety is comprised of Nielsen’s measurement of Sunday’s Episode 5’s four cable airings and the number of streaming viewers across HBO Max and other HBO platforms. The statistics show that 2.576 million people tuned in to watch the fifth episode on HBO as compared to last week’s 2.474 million cable viewers. This means the series saw a 3 percent increase in linear viewership.
‘House of the Dragon’ has managed to take the viewers by storm every single week because of the riveting storylines and impeccable acting. In this week’s episode, we saw House Targaryen making its relationship stronger with House Velaryon after announcing Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen’s marriage to Ser Laenor Velaryon, heir to House Velaryon.
On the other hand, Ser Criston Cole received heartbreaking news when Rhaenyra decided to not marry him because she is heir to the throne and has a lot of responsibilities. However, things get extremely weird when Queen Alicent Hightower calls Ser Criston to her chambers to ask about the fateful night when Rhaenyra and Daemon got out together. The knight couldn’t take it anymore and told Alicent that he (Criston) had sex with Princess Rhaenyra that night.
A few moments later, a feast was organized to begin the celebrations for Rhaenyra’s wedding. The celebrations turned into mayhem when Criston and Ser Joffrey Lonmouth (Solly McLeod) got into a fight and Criston began to throw punches at his face mercilessly. The celebrations ended with Joffrey getting killed. The heir to House Velaryon tried to save his friend, but Ser Criston just punched him as well and punched his love to death.
Fans went berserk after they saw another wedding celebration turning into a gruesome event and opined that the scene gave them the ‘Red Wedding’ vibes. A lot of people named the scene ‘Green Wedding’ because of Lady Alicent’s green gown. The color of the beacon on top of the Hightower holds a lot of significance in the story. When it was green, it meant that Oldtown was getting ready for a war. Alicent’s green dress was a clear message that she is ready to make things worse for Rhaenyra and other members of the House Targaryen.
The dress has actually set the tone for the next 20 years of conflict.
'House of the Dragon' returns to HBO with a new episode every Sunday at 9 pm EST.