LOTR: The Rings of Power Scores The Biggest Premiere Ever On Amazon Prime Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was one of the most anticipated TV series of our time, and it finally premiered this week. Amazon Prime Video paid more for this series than any other production house ever has. This series has reportedly cost around $60 million per episode, which is three times more than House of the Dragon and it makes the LOTR series the most expensive TV series ever produced.
Prime Video released the first two episodes together on the premiere day, and the first numbers are now in. So far, the series has received positive reviews, particularly for its visual design, atmosphere, and writing. Now, Deadline has reported that the premiere on Prime video has been watched by 25 million viewers on its first day, which is an absolute record for this streaming service.
“It is somehow fitting that Tolkien’s stories – among the most popular of all time, and what many consider to be the true origin of the fantasy genre – have led us to this proud moment. I am so grateful to the Tolkien Estate – and to our showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, executive producer Lindsey Weber, cast and crew – for their tireless collaborative efforts and boundless creative energy. And it is the tens of millions of fans watching – clearly as passionate about Middle-earth as we are – who are our true measure of success.” — Jennifer Salke, head of the Amazon Studios
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set during the Second Age of Middle-earth, long before Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The series follows Galadriel on her quest to hunt Sauron down after he killed her brother. The series also follows several other storylines featuring other characters and races around Middle-earth.
The first season will consist of eight episodes, and the season will run until October 14. The series has already been renewed for Season 2, and Prime Video made the 5-season commitment when they bought the rights for the adaptation.
First two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.