Amazon releases viewership data for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, revealing it as Prime Video’s most-watched series premiere.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is officially Prime Video’s most-watched premiere.
In an unprecedented move, Amazon released its viewership data for a Prime Video series for the first time ever, revealing that its big budget the Lord of the Rings The prequel series had attracted 25 million viewers worldwide in its first 24 hours on the streamer. power rings premiered its first two episodes on September 1 and those viewing figures make it Prime Video’s most-watched series premiere.
Shortly after the premiere of rings of power, Amazon has suspended ratings for the series in a bid to combat review bombardment. In general, fans seem divided over the series, especially when it comes to the storyline and the character, although much of its audience has praised the show’s cinematography and its visuals and effects. “stunning” visuals. However, comments on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes show an audience that doesn’t seem to agree, with the critics’ rating at 84%, while the audience score is a rotten 37% at the time of writing.
For critics, early reviews of rings of power noted the huge scale and high drama of the big-budget fantasy series and hailed it as a faithful companion to Peter Jackson’s original film trilogy. CBR’s Sam Stone noted “the strength of its ensemble cast” and said “the variety of characters and their respective backgrounds is what keeps power rings engaging and fresh, even in its inevitable slower moments as it sets the stage for its epic narrative.”
power rings is the most expensive show to date for Amazon’s Prime Video, with the first season alone costing the streamer $465 million. Based on the characters and world built by JRR Tolkein, power rings is intended to be a five-season, 50-hour series set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of Tolkien. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Director JA Bayona teased that the prequel series is so vast that it can’t even be considered television. “power rings is not television,” Bayona said. “It’s a new form we’re creating here.”
In another interview, showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay shared a similar sentiment to Bayona. They explained how the prequel series differs from Peter Jackson’s original the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Especially, power rings will have more action footage than “any TV or streaming show we’ve ever seen”. While the series will set itself apart from previous adaptations, the showrunners have said the upcoming series has “deep roots” in Tolkien’s original work.
New episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiering every Thursday on Prime Video.