The Rings of Power: this report on the audience of the series is very embarrassing for Amazon

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Heralded as the most expensive series in history, The Lord of the Rings : The Rings of Power closed on October 14th. A few weeks after its finale, we discover a report which, in all likelihood, should not please anyone. Amazon Prime Video

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The deafening silence of Amazon

The start of the 2022 academic year will have been especially packed for fantasy fans. Indeed, for the first time in the history of American television, two huge fantasy licenses clashed: House of the Dragon (the Game of Thrones spin-off airing on HBO) and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power(airing on Amazon Prime Video ). 

If the series The Rings of Powerhas somewhat divided Tolkien's fans, some criticizing her for some adaptation choices, she nevertheless enjoys a large community. fans, including Andy Serkis, who played Gollum in Peter Jackson's trilogy. From its launch, Amazon had displayed absolutely impressive audience figures, with 25 million viewers worldwide, 24 hours after its first two episodes aired. alt=”The Rings of Power: This report on the series' ratings is very embarrassing for Amazon” />

However, one could wonder about the absence of release of numbers from Amazon for subsequent episodes. A recent article, published on November 4th in Variety, and titled; Amazon's Silence On 'Rings of Power' Audience Size Is Deafeaning reveals the numbers of a Nielsen report on the series' ratings. If, as Variety indicates, these figures do not cover all viewers of the series, but only those residing in the United States and having watched ; The Rings of Poweron their television, the fact remains that they tend to highlight a certain trend that is unpleasant to say the least for Jeff Bezos' company. 

Indeed, the Nielsen report shows thatthe series The Rings of Powerlost 20% of its viewers in the two episodes following its launch, with a drastic drop between episode 3 and episode 4. Then, we observe a loss of 1% per episode for the following episodes, before ending on a very slight increase for its last two episodes. We observe that this fall in audiences is all the more embarrassing for Amazon as those of House of the Dragon have only increase, while The Rings of Power is a family program. À so much so that the two curves ended up crossing…

The Rings of Power: this report on the audience of the series is very embarrassing for Amazon

If for the moment, it is difficult to establish the total number of spectators Rings of Power, it is important to remember that Prime Video is present worldwide in two hundred countries, and in 200 million households. Conversely, the HBO Max platform is present only in a very limited number; countries, and in a much smaller number of homes. Furthermore,The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerhas benefited from far more hype than House of the Dragon. The fact that the series adapted from the work of George R.R. Martin manages to reach a number of audiences substantially equivalent to the Rings of Power one is impressive. Also note that the graph below does not show the numbers for the last two episodes of House of the Dragon

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Naturally, Amazon does not have to blush figures from his fantasy series. This is the best start for a series of the platform. While the graph above seems to show that Reacher had a better launch than Rings of Power, Variety  recalls that the entirety of of the first season ofReacher was released on the same day, whileThe Rings of Powerhas been diffused at the rate of one episode per week, including two on the day of its launch (compared to three for The Boys and The Wheel of Time ). 

The Rings of Power: This report on the audiences of the series is very embarrassing for Amazon

We can nevertheless wonder about the obvious lack of communication from Amazon. It seems to us that the company is undoubtedly disappointed that, despite a budget more than twice that of; that of House of the DragonThe Rings of Power fails to lead the dragee high to; the HBO series. Especially since the latter was accompanied by real critical acclaim (84% satisfaction on Rotten Tomatoes, and 39% for Les Rings of Power). 

And you? What did you think? of these two fantasy series? Do not hesitate to tell us in the comments section. If you liked this article, you can also discover the words of the scriptwriter of episode 8 of Rings of Power  about this inconsistency that angered Tolkien fans.