Who would say that the Lord of the Rings saga is still so important? Just a few days ago The Rings of Power premiered, a prequel series produced by Amazon Prime Video and, to the surprise of some, it had the best premiere in the history of the platform.
According to official data from Amazon (via Variety), the debut of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was tuned in by 25 million users during the first 24 hours of its premiere last Thursday. This makes a little sense, considering that the series received a lot of publicity, the importance of the saga and that the first 2 chapters were released simultaneously in 240 countries and territories. Currently, Amazon Prime has about 200 million subscribers worldwide.
Amazon confirmed that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the most successful premiere in the history of the platform and also marks one of the first times the company has shared numbers. For example, we know that The Boys is a hit with both critics and the general public, but Amazon has never offered statistics on the superhero show.
“It is fitting that Tolkien’s stories, among the most popular of all time and what many consider the true origin of the fantasy genre, have brought us to this proud moment,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “I am so grateful to the Tolkien Estate, and to our showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, executive producer Lindsey Weber, the cast and crew, for their tireless collaborative efforts and boundless creative energy. And it’s the tens of millions of fans watching, clearly as passionate about Middle-earth as we are, who are our true measure of success.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere a chapter every Thursday and will have a total of 7 chapters. According to reports, each one cost around $50 MILLION, which would make this one of the most expensive shows in history.
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