The Rings of Power' becomes Amazon's most-watched premiere ever with 25 million viewers

Shiv

The  debut of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" drew an audience  of 25 million viewers, making it Amazon Prime Video's biggest premiere  ever.

The first two episodes of the show, which were broadcast in 250 nations and territories, attracted a global audience.

the fantasy television series' launch attracted a global viewership of more than 25 million people, the most in the streaming service's 15-year history.

In 250 nations and territories, the film "Rings of Power," which is based on J.R.R. Tolkien's renowned "The Lord of the Rings" books, had its debut on Thursday.

The head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, said: "It seems somehow fitting that Tolkien's stories, among the most well-known of all time,

and what many regard to be the genuine foundation of the fantasy genre, have led us to this proud moment."

Before the show's debut, the eight-episode run was renewed for a second season with a five-season commitment

that was included in the agreement when Amazon bought the rights from the Tolkien estate in 2017.

"Rings of Power" is the most expensive production ever. Time said that Amazon spent $465 million on the first season

and that the total cost of the show's five seasons is expected to exceed $1 billion.