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'House of the Dragon' premieres to 10 million viewers

'House of the Dragon' premieres to 10 million viewers



Hollywood Minute: 'House of the Dragon'ReplayMore Videos ... (16 Videos)Hollywood Minute: 'House of the Dragon'Late night hosts roast JetBlue's deal to buy SpiritAna de Armas transforms into Marilyn Monroe in Netflix's 'Blonde''Sexy as a tortoise': Netflix's founder describes its early success in 2002New 'Lord of the Rings' show reveals world from another ageDid 'Top Gun: Maverick' beat 'Titanic'?Disney is bringing back this Halloween classic, 29 years laterJimmy Kimmel presses Biden on gun control'Predator' prequel 'Prey' pulls audiences back to the Comanche tribe 300 years agoJake Tapper identifies key change in new 'Top Gun' movie that could anger China This ventriloquist surprised the judges on 'America's Got Talent'Harry Styles makes $300 music video with James CordenTom Cruise terrifies James Corden with wild plane ride'American Idol' winner says he wants to 'stay in the house for a bit'Netflix just released the first 8 chilling minutes of 'Stranger Things'Watch 'SNL' favorites say goodbyeNew York (CNN Business)"House of the Dragon" — the highly anticipated "Game of Thrones" prequel — brought in roughly 10 million viewers for its first episode across linear and HBO Max platforms in the US on Sunday night, the network said on Monday.

The debut, titled "The Heirs of the Dragon," is "the largest audience for any new original series in the history of HBO," according to the network."House of the Dragon" came in behind the record numbers of the original series' final episodes ("The Iron Throne" — the last episode of the original "Game of Thrones" — brought in a series record 19.3 million viewers in May of 2019, for example), but that's a victory since "House of the Dragon" looks to rekindle the "Game of Thrones" brand after three years of being away.The release of "House of the Dragon" is one of the biggest moments of the newly merged Warner Bros. Discovery, which came together in April. The series not only has a lot of attention around it, but there's also a lot on the line for its corporate parent due to the massive popularity of the original show and the opportunity that brings. (Warner Bros. Discovery is the parent company of CNN.)'House of the Dragon' plays a less-addictive game for an earlier throneAs viewers tastes are fracturing and streaming becomes a larger and more vital part of the entertainment landscape, Warner Bros. Discovery is hoping that "House of the Dragon" can catch some of the fire that the original series had, thus bringing big ratings to HBO and big subscriber numbers to HBO Max for those who want to stream it.Read MoreThe new series is also trying to erase the sour taste left over from the ending of "Game of Thrones," which concluded with a mostly negative reaction from fans."House of the Dragon," which takes place almost 200 years before "Game of Thrones" and focuses on the family of the Targaryens and its litany of dragons, garnered solid reviews bringing in an 85% score on review site Rotten Tomatoes.Brian Lowry, CNN's media critic, said the series "plays a less-addictive game" than its predecessor, however."It's not bad, and there are dragons aplenty, but it doesn't produce the sort of characters that defined and elevated its predecessor to prestige-TV royalty," he wrote.


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