THE DREAM STREAM!
THE first episode of Jeremy Clarkson’s new motor show
has set a new streaming record for Amazon Prime Video.
Former Top Gear stars Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond’s new effort has become the subscription service’s biggest premiere, beating The Man In The High Castle, in 2015.
Amazon did not reveal the total number of views for that or for The Grand Tour’s launch episode.
But a statement from the company said “millions of Prime members” streamed the premiere episode over the weekend in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Japan.
The site said “total new Prime membership sign-ups exceeded all previous days”, aside from its Prime Day event on the day it became available to viewers.
The Grand Tour’s first episode, which saw its three presenters head to a desert in California to entertain a crowd in their travelling tent and test three hybrid hypercars, was available to stream on Friday.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos added: “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 production quality and 4K HDR streaming, has Prime members responding in a big way.
“Kudos and congrats to the whole team.”
The ex- Top Gear stars’ move from the BBC to Amazon last year came after Clarkson’s contract was not renewed due to a “fracas” with a producer. BACK ON TRACK: The old team