HBO’s ‘House of the Dragon’ debut attracts 10 million viewers

HBO’s “House of the Dragon” scored almost 10 million viewers within the U.S. on Sunday, setting a viewership file for the debut of an HBO authentic collection.

The corporate introduced Monday that its prequel to “Game of Thrones” was a bona fide hit.

The present, which additionally debuted on streaming service HBO Max, had huge boots to fill.

The unique collection, “Game of Thrones,” steadily grew into HBO’s largest collection ever. It ended after eight seasons in Could 2019 with an infinite viewers — its finale drew greater than 19 million viewers — however that story’s ending fell wanting expectations for a few of its most ardent followers.

The most recent incarnation, primarily based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood” e-book, is ready within the fictional Westeros about 200 years earlier than the “Game of Thrones” mayhem. The brand new collection struck acquainted themes: a succession drama stuffed with jealousy, flying dragons and gory human deaths. Most critics’ critiques have been favorable.

“It was wonderful to see millions of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans return with us to Westeros last night,” Casey Bloys, HBO and HBO Max chief content material officer, mentioned in a press release. “‘House of the Dragon’ features an incredibly talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into the production, and we’re ecstatic with viewers’ positive response.”

There have been scattered reviews of HBO Max servers crashing in the course of the premiere.

The community plans to televise a brand new episode of “House of the Dragon” each Sunday by means of Oct. 23.

The collection launched lower than every week after HBO and HBO Max laid off 70 folks, about 14% of its workforce. Warner Bros. Discovery — which fashioned in April when the smaller Discovery merged with WarnerMedia — has had a rocky begin. Its inventory is down greater than 50% since early April, and insiders have been rattled by reorganizations and downsizing, together with the abrupt closure of CNN+, a shake-up on the historic Warner Bros. movie and TV studio and the dumping of a virtually accomplished HBO Max film “Batgirl.”

In an e mail to Warner Bros. Discovery employees two days earlier than the premiere, Chief Government David Zaslav signaled his firm’s lofty objectives for “House of the Dragon,” when thanking the crew at HBO. The group has “shepherded what looks to be the next big cultural moment,” Zaslav wrote.

Zaslav additionally famous the advertising marketing campaign, saying it, too, was the most important in HBO historical past, reaching 130 million folks within the U.S.