House of the Dragon’s audience increased by another 3% in Episode 5

House of the Dragon continues to attract audiences with Game of Thrones prequel now averaging 29 million viewers per episode… with ratings up 3% in the fifth week

While many shows throw viewers on a regular basis throughout any regular season, HBO’s House of the Dragon proves that it’s not typical.

The fifth episode of the hugely popular Game of Thrones prequel series — set 172 years before the original series — drew 3% more viewers than the fourth episode (via Variety).

It was also revealed that the first five episodes of the first 10-episode season are averaging 29 million viewers per episode, across linear and all HBO platforms to date.

Audience: While many shows throw viewers regularly throughout any regular season, HBO’s House of the Dragon proves it’s not typical

Nielsen data reveals that 2.576 million viewers watched the four-line broadcast on HBO for the fifth episode of House of the Dragon, which marks the halfway point this season.

This linear number represents a 4% increase from the 2.474 million people who followed HBO’s four broadcasts of House of the Dragon Episode 4.

No total viewing data was given with plus linear streaming, though sources reported to Variety that it was up 3% from last week.

Linear: While many shows throw viewers regularly throughout any regular season, HBO's House of the Dragon proves it's not typical

Linear: While many shows throw viewers regularly throughout any regular season, HBO’s House of the Dragon proves it’s not typical

The House of the Dragon premiere watched less than 10 million viewers on all platforms, with the second episode increasing slightly to 10.2 million viewers.

While full broadcast data was not available for the third episode, it did throw nearly a million viewers on the linear cable broadcast.

However, Episode 4 is up 5% on all platforms, and now with Episode 5 increased, viewership may remain very stable for the rest of the season.

Premiere: House of the Dragon premiere watched under 10 million viewers on all platforms, episode two increased slightly to 10.2 million viewers

Premiere: House of the Dragon premiere watched under 10 million viewers on all platforms, episode two increased slightly to 10.2 million viewers

However, a jump back likely – the biggest on the show so far in over a decade – could change that given that two main roles will use different and older actresses.

Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the older Queen Aliscent, while Emma Darcy replaces fan-favorite Millie Alcock as Princess Rhinera Targaryen.

There is no indication that there will be any other significant time jumps in store for fans during the back half of Season 1.

Replacing: Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the older Queen Aliscent, while Emma Darcy replaces fan-favorite Millie Alcock as Princess Rhinera Targaryen.

Replacing: Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the older Queen Aliscent, while Emma Darcy replaces fan-favorite Millie Alcock as Princess Rhinera Targaryen.

House of the Dragon also stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as his evil brother Prince Daemon and Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower.

The show has already been renewed for a second season on HBO, although there has already been a bit of a creative change.

Miguel Saposhnik, who directed the pilot and served as co-show director with series creator Ryan Condall, left co-showrunner for season two.

Star: House of the Dragon also stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as his evil brother Prince Daemon and Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower

Star: House of the Dragon also stars Paddy Considine as King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as his evil brother Prince Daemon and Rhys Ifans as Ser Otto Hightower

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