‘So much better than The Rings of Power’: House of the Dragon Episode 3 Rakes in More Than 16M Views as GoT Fans Clain Victory over Lord of the Rings

House of the Dragon Episode 3 Rakes in More Than 16M Views as GoT Fans Clain Victory over Lord of the Rings
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House of the Dragon has received an amazing response from the public since the release of its first episode. It garnered around 10 million viewership for the first episode and continued to the second episode. The third episode of the show, which was released on 4 September, has also received a good response with 16 million views. However, the series saw a drop of 1 million in its traditional TV viewership for the first time. 

House of the Dragon premiered with 25 million fans tuning live!
House of the Dragon

Another series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, was also released on September 1, 2022. Based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s history of Middle-earth, it is a prequel to the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. The series also became the biggest debut on the streaming platform Amazon Prime, with 25 million viewers around the world within 24 hours of its premiere. 

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House of the Dragon Sees a Drop in Traditional TV Viewers

House of the Dragon episode 3 received 16 million viewers. However, the episode saw a drop of around 1 million viewers in its traditional TV viewers. The episode still got 16 million viewership and with the response, it can be assumed that viewers liked the episode. 

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was released after the release of the Game of Thrones spin-off, House of the Dragon. House of the Dragon became the highest-rated show on HBO and HBO Max just after the release of its first episode.

Craghas Drahar Crabfeeder House of the Dragon
Daniel Scott-Smith as Craghas Drahar aka Crabfeeder

For the show, Amazon also introduced a new 72-hour delay for all user reviews posted to the Amazon Prime Video. The streaming service evaluated each critique for whether it’s genuine, or is created by a troll of any other breed of digital goblin.


Viewers and fans were not pleased with this step. Another thing that caused the trolling of the show was the casting of actors of color as dwarfs, elves, and other characters.

Fans Comparing House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings

Both series have received positive responses from viewers. Fans of both series have come forward to put out why their favorite series is the best. However, House of the Dragon fans does not seem to agree with its comparison to The Lords of the Rings series. 

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A still from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Fans have praised HBO and the writers of the show for their good work on the show.


Many viewers are even excited about the upcoming episodes and the second season of the show. Many even claimed that they can’t find a single tweet criticizing the show, calling it the best and most fantastic show ever. Here are some fans’ reactions. 



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House of the Dragon Episode 3

The third episode of House of the Dragon is based three years forward. King Viserys has married Alicent Hightower and has a son Prince Aegon. Rhaenyra, who was named the heir of the throne after King Viserys loses his wife and newborn son, is being approached to get married. It causes Rhaenyra to fear that her father might replace her as heir with Aegon.

Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen in House of the Dragon (2022-).
Milly Alcock as Rhaenyra Targaryen

The episode also seems to be the first battle of the show. Daemon and Corlys’ war against Crabfeeder and his pirate goons turns out to be a disaster. When asked for help from king Viserys, he refuses at first saying that it was started by two malcontents who were unhappy with his decision. Daemon manages to defeat the Crabfeeder without Viserys’ help.


House of the Dragon airs every Sunday on HBO and HBO Max. House of the Dragon episode 4 will air on September 11.  

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Written by Laxmi Rajput

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Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.