House of the Dragon‘s been racking up the viewer count ever since its release late in August, with the release of its second episode adding an impressive 2% increase in viewers. But there’s finally another worthy competitor to the Game of Thrones prequel, and it’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The fantasy epic-drama based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has also managed to grab the attention of a lot of fantasy drama fans, especially Game of Thrones fans. But regardless of the success that it has enjoyed in its first three days, there is still that inevitable lot who are not at all amused by the achievements of the Amazon Studios TV series.
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The Numbers Coughed Up By Rings Of Power Aren’t That Impressive For The Haters
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has had an excellent start in its journey to become a memorable TV show with a dedicated fanbase. The show is also generally favored among critics, with websites like Rotten Tomatoes giving it an 84% rating.
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Another impressive feat that the show has achieved is in terms of the viewers it has till now. The first two episodes gained a total of 25 million viewers globally, all just under 24 hours after the two were released! This is also the biggest premiere ever for Amazon Prime Video’s platform.
Despite these achievements, some are still not impressed by the show. There’s a list of reasons, and here are a few-
This specific user doesn’t find 25 million viewers too special:
Most expensive series ever and only 1/8 of Prime members are watching it. This isn’t a flex lol
— Tyeoyeowgehe (@thshksshkuhd) September 3, 2022
This fan thinks Amazon made the numbers up
Did Amazon Prime make these numbers up also 😂Wokeist show ever lmao
— GANGSTERSanta Chucknorris (@dodgydrunk) September 3, 2022
Another fan is in disbelief-
there’s no way this show got 10 million more viewers than HotD 😂
— dazzer (@imDazzer) September 3, 2022
This fan challenged the show to stay consistent
Let's see those numbers go up week after week
— Glorfindel's Bane (Myke) (@Mychel05499558) September 3, 2022
All in all, they’re not that impressed by the views. But honestly, 25 million viewers is a huge number, and you’d be kidding yourself if you think that’s not impressive, we’re pretty sure J.R.R. Tolkien would be!
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HBO Max Is Contesting The Success Of Rings Of Power With This Move
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power‘s debut has surely impressed the $465 million budget that it received. The show seems to be set on course to grow even further with the popularity that it has been gaining for the past few days, with the show amassing 25 million viewers worldwide as stated above
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HBO Max is surely taking note of the success that their rival studio, Amazon Studios, is raking in. This has prompted the popular streaming service to try and shift attention towards its Game of Thrones prequel by giving out a free-of-cost view of the pilot of House of the Dragon on YouTube.
This is truly a power move from the giant streaming service, which plans on making sure that Rings of Power doesn’t end up stealing the spotlight away from it. What’s Amazon’s reply going to be on this? Maybe they’ll give out a free episode too!
The Rings of Power is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.