The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, based on the books of the writer JRR Tolkien, were seen by more than 25 million viewers worldwide in the first day after publication. According to streaming platform Amazon Prime, this is its first-day viewership record for a series. This was reported by the Reuters agency.
Amazon Prime launched the first two episodes on Friday night in 240 countries and territories at the same time, and will release the remaining six episodes one at a time over the next six weeks. The platform did not specify whether the number of viewers included only those who watched the entire episodes or those who watched only part of them.
The long-in-the-making, ambitious and expensive series revolves around the events of the Second Age of Middle-earth, the era that preceded the events of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books and films. The writer’s son Simon Tolkien consulted with the creators about the continuation of Tolkien’s extensive mythology.
The production of the series is one of the most expensive in history, according to the AP agency. Amazon spent at least 465 million dollars (11 billion crowns) on the first series. The first six episodes were filmed in New Zealand, where the series directly employed 1,200 people.
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