The Grand Tour breaks Amazon Prime streaming record with debut episode

The previous record-holder was The Man in the High Castle

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The Independent Culture

The Grand Tour is finally available on Amazon Prime, leaving thousands of fathers confused as to how to watch Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May’s post-Top Gear adventure on their TV screens.

Despite the difficulty, the trio’s debut was an undisputed success, becoming Amazon Prime’s most-watched premiere in the streaming service's history. The previous record-holder was The Man in the High Castle.

According to the company, Friday, 18 November - the day The Grand Tour debuted - saw a record number of Amazon Prime subscriptions sold, topping all other days, minus Prime Day super-sales.

While no exact numbers were given, Amazon cited “millions” of viewers streaming the show in the US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan - where it is currently available. 

Amazon Prime CEO Jeff Bezos said of the record: ”The guys are back, doing what they do best - the chemistry between Jeremy, Richard, and James is what makes The Grand Tour so entertaining.

"Their creativity, along with the amazing production quality and 4K HDR streaming, has Prime members responding in a big way. Kudos and congrats to the whole team."

Amazon is likely thanking their lucky stars The Grant Tour was a success; according to Netflix boss Ted Sarandos, the show cost them upwards of “a quarter of a billion dollars.”

So far, The Grand Tour has received rave reviews across the board, including The Independent’s which labeled the show “Top Gear with a bigger budget.” Episode two will be available on Amazon Prime this Friday.