Sunday, July 21, 2024

HBO’s “House of the Dragon” Looks for Big 2nd Week After Ratings Drop in Debut


Sunday will be a pivotal night for “House of the Dragon,” season 2.

The first week saw a big ratings drop from the first season. Total viewers on HBO were 1.32 million.

Total viewers were down by 39%. The key age demo was down 20%.

HBO says a total of 7.9 million people watched over all their platforms including Max, and with multiple screenings.

Some say that the show didn’t have enough of a splashy launch before it returned. One problem is that these actors, as opposed to the ones from “Game of Thrones,” remain mostly unknown. With “GoT,” Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, and many of the others already had some recognition.

We come into the second episode with a cliffhanger from Episode 1. Did they really kill a baby? (Probably.) Also, we’re one dragon down. Maybe there’s a funeral!

Roger Friedman
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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