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The Rings of Power Retains its Place Atop the Streaming Rankings, Once Again Beating House of the Dragon

Published on October 15th, 2022 | Updated on October 15th, 2022 | By FanFest

Nielsen has now released their most recent streaming statistics, for the week of September 12 to 18, 2022. With this news, Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has once again outperformed House of the Dragon in terms of streaming numbers.

Within the first two weeks, The Rings of Power was streamed for 988 million minutes while House of The Dragon was watched for 960 million minutes.
The distance between the two shows appears to be shrinking, especially when comparing earlier data. However, The Lord of the Rings remains on top.
Or does it?

It’s essential to remember that while House of the Dragon has fewer** viewers than Rings of Power, this number does not include all who watch the series. The show is available on HBO Max in addition to cable channels (which airs simultaneously as its television premiere) and when both audiences are considered together, it likely exceeds The Rings of Power total viewership. Interest in the Game of Thrones prequel series has also increased over time, so we won’t be able to accurately compare the two until some time later.

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Which is better, House of the Dragon or The Rings of Power?

Given the fact that the two highly anticipated fantasy series debuted within a week of each other, it’s difficult to compare them.

As of this writing, House of the Dragon has an 86% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (with an 84% Audience Rating) and The Rings of Power has an 84% approval rating on the review aggregator.

So, what’s your preference? Do you prefer more grim fantasy with a George R.R.Martin twist? Would you prefer a story with Martin-like levels of violence, or one that is more whimsical like J.R.R.?

“So many people have grown up with this literature, and we wanted this series to pay it forward for new generations of Tolkien lovers,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke previously praised Variety. “The line we’ve been using is ‘If you’re old enough to read the books, you’re old enough to watch the show.’ We knew from the beginning that this was not our Game of Thrones.”

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