Given how much BBC’s Top Gear was loved by both car and non-car enthusiasts due to the easy-to-understand and humorous nature of the show, safe to say that many had pretty high expectations when the show’s presenters left to form a new show at Amazon called “The Grand Tour”.
Early reviews of the first episode were positively stellar and according to a press release by Amazon, it seems to have successfully broken viewership records on Prime Video, a record that was previously held by another Amazon Original show, The Man in the High Castle. The show holds a 9.6/10 on IMDB based on over 10,000 votes; 4.9 out of 5 stars on Amazon as rated by over 15,000 customers; and has also received a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
According to Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, “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.”
It is actually impressive that the show is doing so well considering that it is only available to Prime members. However there are plans to make it available globally come December, so it will be interesting to see what those numbers will be like then, but for now it’s starting to look like Amazon’s reported investment of $250 million was worth it.