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The Rings of Power watched by over 25 million, Amazon says

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Amazon Studios shared its first image of its upcoming untitled “Lord of the Rings” series, due on its streaming service Sept. 2, 2022.

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Amazon said Saturday that the primary episode of its “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” series attracted over 25 million viewers globally in its first day, making it the largest ever debut for a show on its Prime Video streaming service. 

The series relies on the appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” books and is the costliest television series of all time.

“It’s by some means fitting that Tolkien’s stories – amongst the preferred of all time, and what many consider to be the true origin of the fantasy genre – have led us to this proud moment,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke said in an announcement. 

On the show’s U.K. premiere, Amazon founder billionaire Jeff Bezos hinted at how precious the series is to fans, saying considered one of his sons had told him “don’t eff this up” when he learned of Amazon’s acquisition of the story rights.

Episodes of the show will proceed to debut weekly on Amazon Prime.

Earlier this month, HBO said its “House of the Dragon,” a “Game of Thrones” prequel series, was the largest series premiere in its history.

Clarification: This story was updated to reflect that “The Rings of Power” relies on the appendices to “The Lord of the Rings.”

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