Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiere had 25 million viewers worldwide
Amazon broke tradition by revealing that the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was watched by about 25 million viewers worldwide.
The service is famous for its internal TV ratings. But given the blockbuster nature of the new series, it probably felt it needed to make some noise about how well it was received.
That said, the company didn’t specify how it measures a rendering. We don’t know how much of an episode a user has to watch for it to count as a view.
The first two episodes of The Rings of Power debuted last week and six more episodes are on the way. The series runs until mid-October.
This is arguably Amazon Prime Video’s biggest showpiece to date. Amazon acquired the worldwide television rights in 2017 for approximately $250 million alone and would have committed five seasons.
And with the cost of the first season alone, there are rumors that it is whopping US$465 millionthe total cost of this series will likely exceed US$1 billion, which would make it the most expensive television series ever.
At the time of writing, the Rings of Power has a Rotten Tomatoes score of 84% from critics, but only 39% from user-submitted reviews.