On Saturday, Amazon Studios said that more than 25 million people watched the first two episodes of its groundbreaking series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, on its first day of streaming on its platform. This was also the biggest ever debut of a series on Amazon. The original series based on the “Lord of the Rings” books by J.R.R. Tolkien is also the most expensive television series, ever, with a multi-million budget.
Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke released a statement that said that it was “somewhat fitting” that stories by Tolkien had lead to the proud moment by Amazon of its biggest ever debut of viewers as he was one of the most popular writers and his stories might be considered as “the true origin of the fantasy genre.”
Amazon Studios has not only spent millions on the fantasy series but there might be a more personal connection in making sure it was the best ever produced by the studio house. Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon said at the U.K. premiere of the show that one of his sons had warned him about not effing up the series.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos, who is also a father to sons, said that one of his son’s told him “don’t eff this up”, when he came to know that his father’s founding company would be producing a series on the iconic fantasy genre–“The Lord of the Rings” which has millions of diehard fans and followers.
Amazon Prime will be debuting episodes of the show, every week. The mega-budget fantasy series got a good rating by TV critics. Many reviews were enthusiastic. However, the network has withheld its ratings as it wants to weed out trolls. Generally reviews improve as there is a consistency in the quality of future episodes and this is also expected to happen with “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”