Over 25 million people have watched Rings of Power, according to Amazon.
Amazon Studios has shared its first image of the upcoming untitled Lord of the Rings series, due on its streaming service on September 2, 2022.
Amazon said on Saturday that the first episode of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power attracted more than 25 million viewers worldwide on its first day, making it the show’s biggest debut on the Prime Video streaming service.
The series is based on the supplements to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books and is the most expensive television series of all time.
“Somehow it’s fitting that Tolkien’s stories – some of the most popular of all time and what many consider to be the true origin of the fantasy genre – led us to this moment of pride,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.
At the show’s UK premiere, billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos hinted at how valuable the series is to fans, saying one of his sons told him to “don’t talk about it” when he found out about Amazon’s acquisition of the rights to the story.
Episodes of the show will continue to air weekly on Amazon Prime.
Earlier this month, HBO said its Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon was the biggest series premiere in its history.
Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect that The Rings of Power is based on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings.