‘House of the Dragon’ Episode 5 Ratings: 3% Increase

Viewership for ‘House of the Dragon’ has hit a steady pace.

The fifth episode of the “Game of Thrones” prequel attracted 3% more viewers than episode 4, Variety learned exclusively. Additionally, Season 1 now averages 29 million viewers per episode.

These stats combine Nielsen’s measurement of the four cable airings of Episode 5 on Sunday with the number of streaming viewers on HBO Max and other HBO platforms. Isolating linear viewership, according to Nielsen, 2.576 million people watched the episode on HBO itself, up 4% from last week’s 2.474 million cable viewers.

Overall, linear and streaming data both imply that “House of the Dragon,” now halfway through its first season, has found its core audience. Episode 1 was watched by nearly 10 million people across all platforms when it debuted – HBO’s biggest ever premiere – while Episode 2 reached 10.2 million. Streaming data was not available for Episode 3, although its Labor Day weekend debut resulted in a drop of one million cable viewers. However, as Variety reported exclusively, Episode 4’s viewership grew 5% across all platforms, and with Episode 5’s 3% jump, it looks like the series has now reached a retention rate that should hold steady as Season 1 continues.

Meanwhile, “House of the Dragon” will see a change in storytelling and casting after this episode, as Episode 6 will mark a major time jump. Young actors, such as Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Emily Carey as Lady Alicent Hightower, will swap roles with older actors Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke, respectively.

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