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Rings Of Power Outperforms House Of The Dragon In Its Last Streaming Debut

In the Nielsen SVOD rankings, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power triumphs against House of the Dragon in the duel of big-budget fantasy shows.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has surpassed genre competitor House of the Dragon in the Nielsen SVOD charts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Prime Video's new mega-budget fantasy epic managed to garner a remarkable 1.25 billion watch minutes following its September 1 launch.

However, HBO's Game of Thrones prequel continues to perform strongly, with 781 million minutes seen on its Max streaming service. One limitation of this statistic is that it does not include audience estimates for people who watch the series on HBO's regular television channel, which accounts for a large fraction of total viewing. In terms of raw viewership, the results for Prime Video are similarly impressive.

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With 9.5 million viewers on average for the first two episodes, it outperformed fellow Prime fantasy epic The Wheel of Time, which had 6.6 million viewers for its first three episodes. Reacher, another of Prime Video's most popular original series, only had around half the initial attraction of The Rings of Power, with 4.7 million viewers coming in to see the drama when it first aired.

But it's not all good news for the streaming behemoth, as audience reactions to the latest Tolkien adaptation have been somewhat divided. Although the show's critics' score remains high at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of writing, the aggregate audience score is only 38%.

Concerns over the show's apparent lack of connection to the author's original narrative were so loud that showrunners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne were obliged to answer publicly. Following the suggestion of a journalist at a Television Critics Association press event, McKay remarked, "We do not feel 'thinly attached.' We are profoundly linked to those people and strive to be even more so every day. That's exactly how we see it." Furthermore, widespread accusations of racial abuse aimed at several cast members prompted the program to issue an extra rebuke via a Twitter statement. Many of those who worked on the program spoke out in it to protect cast members of color from online harassment following the show's premiere.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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