House of the Dragon audience rose another 3% in Episode 5

House of the Dragon continues to pull in audiences as Game of Thrones prequel is now averaging 29 MILLION viewers per episode … as ratings increase by 3% in fifth week

While many shows shed viewers regularly throughout any typical season, HBO’s House of the Dragon is proving itself to be anything but typical.

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

It was also revealed that the first five episodes of the 10-episode first season are averaging a whopping 29 million viewers per episode, throughout linear and all HBO streaming platforms thus far.

Audience: While many shows shed viewers regularly throughout any typical season, HBO’s House of the Dragon is proving itself to be anything but typical

Nielsen data reveals that 2.576 million viewers watched the four linear HBO broadcasts of Episode 5 of House of the Dragon, which marked the midway point this season.

That linear number marked a 4% increase from the 2.474 million who tuned in to the four HBO broadcasts of House of the Dragon Episode 4.

No total viewership data with linear plus streaming was given, though sources informed Variety it was up 3% from last week.

Linear: While many shows shed viewers regularly throughout any typical season, HBO's House of the Dragon is proving itself to be anything but typical

Linear: While many shows shed viewers regularly throughout any typical season, HBO’s House of the Dragon is proving itself to be anything but typical

The premiere of House of the Dragon was watched by just under 10 million viewers on all platforms, with the second episode increasing slightly to 10.2 million viewers.

While full streaming data wasn’t available for the third episode, it did shed roughly 1 million viewers on the linear cable broadcasts.

However, the fourth episode ticked up 5% over all platforms and now with the fifth episode’s increase, the viewership may very well remain stable for the rest of the season.

Premiere: The premiere of House of the Dragon was watched by just under 10 million viewers on all platforms, with the second episode increasing slightly to 10.2 million viewers

Premiere: The premiere of House of the Dragon was watched by just under 10 million viewers on all platforms, with the second episode increasing slightly to 10.2 million viewers

However, it’s possible that another time jump – the biggest in the show to date of over a decade – could change that since two key roles will use different, older actresses.

Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the now-older Queen Alicent, while Emma D’Arcy replaces fan favorite Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen.

There is no indication if there are any other significant time jumps in store for fans over the back half of the first season.

Replaced: Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the now-older Queen Alicent, while Emma D'Arcy replaces fan favorite Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

Replaced: Olivia Cooke replaces Emily Carey as the now-older Queen Alicent, while Emma D’Arcy replaces fan favorite Milly Alcock as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen

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

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

Miguel Sapochnik, who directed the pilot and served as co-showrunner with series creator Ryan Condal, has stepped away as co-showrunner for the second season.

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

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