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'Stranger Things' and 'Game of Thrones' fans clash as 'House of the Dragon' sets highest viewership record

‘Television is truly back,’ said a fan hailing the prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ that surpassed ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 in viewership
'Stranger Things' (L) fans indulge in war of words with 'GoT' fans as prequel smashes viewership(Millie Bobby Brown in 'Stranger Things' Season 4 / Netflix Tudum and Official poster of 'House of the Dragon' / @HouseoftheDragon Twitter)
'Stranger Things' (L) fans indulge in war of words with 'GoT' fans as prequel smashes viewership(Millie Bobby Brown in 'Stranger Things' Season 4 / Netflix Tudum and Official poster of 'House of the Dragon' / @HouseoftheDragon Twitter)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The long wait of fans ended when the much-talked-about prequel series ‘House of the Dragon’ first episode premiered globally on August 21, 2022, on both HBO and HBO Max. Naturally, when a television show crosses a viewership at that moment the other series fans also go into a war of words commonly witnessed on social media nowadays. The same happened in the case of the highly anticipated ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel. The Westeros saga’s first episode premiere globally has literally surpassed the Duffer Brothers' most iconic and scariest Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 record.

Samba TV’s official tweet for the same dated August 23 was posted by the analytics agency on their Twitter handle. The tweet clearly mentions, “HBO's @HouseofDragon delivered 2.6 million US households tuning into the premiere episode in its initial six hours on both traditional linear TV and streaming. The @GameOfThrones spinoff generated the highest viewership for any premium cable or streaming premiere in 2022.” On the flip side, ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4, which is this year’s most eerie and spooky sci-fi supernatural horror series, garnered almost 1.2 million US households for its fourth season premiere earlier this summer.

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This same news scoop of ‘House of the Dragon’ surpassing ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 viewership record was posted by Film Updates on their official Twitter handle on August 23. The caption read, “#HouseOfTheDragon is officially the most watched series premiere of 2022, surpassing 'Euphoria' Season 2 and 'Stranger Things 4'.”


As soon as this news was confirmed by the outlet, it caused a frenzy amongst fans. They all turned Twitter into a live Tweet fest wherein the ‘GoT’ fans took sly digs on ‘Stranger Things’ fans in comments. They mentioned how ‘GoT’ was iconic and anything related to best is epic. Some ‘Stranger Things’ fans criticized the prequel series for being pathetic and whatnot.

“Television is truly back,” said a fan. “Just one episode. ST4 over all cross,” shared another fan. “The Game of thrones franchise will always be bigger than anything. Y'all can keep hating thou,” shared a fan. “Best show of the year already and it's not even close,” a fan noted. “This has to be fake cause i have never heard of this show until today,” noted a fan. “Nature is rotting,” mentioned a fan. “Pathetic,” a fan added. “Wow. Off to an amazing start. I have to say - hearing that #GameOfThrones soundtrack and that #Targaryen theme alone... I was ALL in. #HouseoftheDragon,” added a fan. “This is so insane like after game of thrones basically fell off the face of the earth for three years but turns out everyone was just playing hard-to-get with HBO and flocked right back,” said another fan.










‘House of the Dragon’ first episode is streaming now on HBO Max and Disney + Hotstar. The second episode titled 'The Rogue Prince' is going to premiere globally on August 28, 2022, Sunday at 9 pm ET on HBO and HBO Max.

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