|from left, Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarson, and James May presenting|
at the Premiere of The Grand Tour. Courtesy: Amazon.
After a year and a half of waiting, the premier of The Grand Tour, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, launches to Amazon Prime subscribers in select countries late Thursday night.
"Grand Tour started when Jeremy Clarkson conveniently, was fired after assaulting one of the [Top Gear] show producers. After a handful of Clarkson-free episodes, James May and Richard Hammond also departed," says Allen St. John, Forbes contributor.
With a rocky separation from the BBC Clarkson, Hammond, and May have been the topic of world wide conversation, and this premiere will be no exception.
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While the trio aired on the BBC, they set the Guinness world record for "Most widely watched factual TV program" in 2013. The Guardian says, "Top Gear was watched by 350 million people in 214 territories," at that time. Amazon is hoping to retain some of that viewership with the start of The Grand Tour.
Amazon has not yet reviled the numbers relating to how many millions of their Prime member tuned into the premiere, but their press release did hint that the show had a good start. "The depute episode of the highly anticipated new Amazon Original series, The Grand Tour, has become the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video," said Amazon.
In the Press release Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer says, "The guys are back, doing what they do best. Their creativity along with the amazing production quality and 4K HDR streaming, has Prime members responding in a big way."