Last month became HBO’s biggest European launch, Game of Thrones precursor House of the Dragon also breaks UK records to become Sky’s biggest US drama launch and biggest Sky Atlantic series premiere in its 11-year history.
The first episode of the prequel has been watched by just over 4 million people, according to Sky, beating the launch of the first in 2011. Game of Thrones.
According to the British rating agency Barb, this figure places House of the Dragon on a par with Netflix Weird stuff and Disney+s Obi-Wan Kenobi in terms of audience in the first week.
“Momentum around House of the Dragon just keep building as more and more people spread the word about the ever current story of political power play combined with images of epic scale and imagination,” said Sky MD of Content Zai Bennett. “And thanks to Sky making the first episode available for free to watch on YouTube, more people than ever before will be able to get a taste of the world of Westeros.”
House of the Dragon, already renewed for season two, became the most-watched HBO/HBO Max TV or movie premiere in Europe in the network’s history on August 24.
Its main competitor, Lord of the Rings: the rings of power, also breaks records for Amazon Prime Video as the battle for the prequels goes global.
The third episode of House of the Dragon fell on Sky in the early hours yesterday.