Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Draws More Than 25 Million Viewers Inc. said more than 25 million people around the world sampled the premiere of its highly-anticipated series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” on Sept 2., the biggest debut in the streaming service’s history.

Based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, the series is the most expensive television production ever. The Wall Street Journal reported that the budget to make the show, coupled with the fee to acquire the rights from the Tolkien estate, was about $715 million.