Wednesday, April 24, 2024

UPDATE: “House of the Dragon” Scored 2.2 Mil for HBO’s First Showing Sunday Night, Giving HBO Max Possible Huge Win


According to Nielsen now with hard numbers:

“House of the Dragon” scored 2.170 million viewers for Sunday night’s first showing on regular HBO Prime at 9pm.

Right now, there are no numbers for the second showing which followed directly after at 10:06pm.

HBO said yesterday that nearly 10 million people watched the premiere across all networks. This would suggest that a whopping 7.7 million people watched on HBO Max.

For HBO Max, that would certainly guarantee its continuation as Warner Discovery’s streaming system going forward. The Max people should be opening bottles of Champagne, not laying anyone off.

“Dragon” had a small effect on John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight.” The acerbic and amusing news show was up around 100,000 viewers as a spill off. It also aired much later than usual, at 11:20pm and not at 10:30pm, so that’s pretty impressive.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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