According to recent audience figures, “House of the Dragon’s” premiere significantly outperformed “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The two fantasy prequel shows have now both had their much-anticipated premieres after months and months of anticipation. “The Rings of Power” takes viewers back in time to the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, while “House of the Dragon” takes place in Westeros roughly 200 years before Game of Thrones.
So far, critics have given both fantasy programs excellent reviews. Reviews for the Game of Thrones prequel “House of the Dragon“ have commended its promising beginnings, and “Rings of Power” on Amazon has received similar praise as a suitable sequel to The Lord of the Rings. Fans of Game of Thrones have reacted positively to “House of the Dragon,” but “Rings of Power” has struggled with review bombing. It will be interesting to observe which of these two fantasy programs becomes a clear crowd favorite.
“House of the Dragon” now seems to be the early leader in the fantasy war, thanks to increased watching figures. In the United States, 4.8 million households watched the premiere of “House of the Dragon,” outpacing “Rings of Power,” which only had 1.8 million viewers, according to Samba TV Data that Luiz Fernando posted on Twitter. Look at the information below:
Middle-Earth v Westeros has a winner in the US according to 3rd party researcher #SambaTV, as new #PrimeVideo’s #TheRingsOfPower was watched in 1.8M US Households in first 4 days. #HouseOfTheDragon had 2.6M just on SUN premiere night alone.
But #TROP had victories as well.
— Luiz Fernando (@Luiz_Fernando_J) September 6, 2022
Prior to this, Amazon claimed that “Rings of Power” received 25 million global views in its first 24 hours of streaming, while HBO claimed that “House of the Dragon’s” launch attracted approximately 10 million people, both claims breaking records for their respective networks. As a third-party researcher, Samba TV may utilize a more objective method for gauging viewership, which results in slightly different data. These figures suggest that “House of the Dragon” is the earlier season’s more well-liked program.
Even though “House of the Dragon” now has an obvious advantage, “Rings of Power” shouldn’t view this as a fatal defeat. Among the top four premieres of the year, behind the Game of Thrones prequel, Stranger Things, and Obi-Wan Kenobi, is Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings“ series, according to Samba TV’s own statistics. The second season of “House of the Dragon” has already been announced, while “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will have five installments, so both fantasy series are undoubtedly here to stay.
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