HBO’s House of the Dragon Sees Massive Drop in Viewers for Episode 3


Traditional TV viewership of “House of the Dragon” has dropped for the first time, Variety reports.


Episode 3, titled “Second of His Name,” was watched by 2.5 million people across its four cable airings on HBO on Sunday, per Nielsen — one million fewer viewers than Episode 2.


It’s important to note that this total-viewer tally refers only to the number of people who caught the episode on the HBO linear channel as measured by Nielsen, because Warner Bros. Discovery declined to share internal streaming data from HBO Max for “House of the Dragon” Episode 3 — though the company did report that viewership after the first two episodes.


Nielsen’s linear data states that “House of the Dragon” viewership jumped from 3.2 million with Episode 1 to 3.5 million to Episode 2 — a 9.4% increase — before this week’s 28.6% decrease.


Will HBO take the Prime Video and Lucasfilm strategy and blame it on racism? “House of the Dragon” has already been renewed for a second season. 

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