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Amazon analyst said he 'fell asleep' watching the company's LOTR 'Rings of Power' TV show, making him even more worried the $1 billion project may be a bust

• Tom Forte is worried about bad viewer critiques of Amazon's "Rings of Power."

•The streaming TV exhibit has suffered from "review bombing" from some viewers online.

Amazon analyst Tom Forte used to be already involved in the overall performance of the company's Lord of the Rings TV exhibit "The Rings of Power." But after he watched several episodes, he grew to be even greater involvement in the $1 billion project.

"We fell asleep throughout our first viewings of episodes one, three, and 4 and have no longer watched episode 5 but due to a mixture of no longer playing the first 4 episodes and a busy schedule," Forte, an analyst at D.A. Davidson, wrote in the latest notice to investors.

The exhibit is one of Amazon's largest ever bets on authentic video streaming content. Founder Jeff Bezos demanded the enterprise come up with a reply to HBO's "Game of Thrones" megahit, however so ways the LOTR task has been met with terrible consumer opinions online. HBO's new prequel, "House of the Dragon," is performing better.

Forte stated that he used to be the beginning hopeful in advance of the show's launch, however, has gotten greater bearish as the week progressed. As of September 28, in accordance to Rotten Tomatoes its common critic's rating was once an amazing 84% however its target market rating used to be a lackluster 38%, the analyst noted. Going into the launch, he predicted the target audience rating to begin low, as hardcore Tolkien followers had been possible to be the first to watch it and most critical, then enhance over time as greater informal followers obtained involved. But that hasn't happened.

"Nearly one month after its September 1 launch and 5 episodes in on an eight-episode season, the target audience response (as measured by using Rotten Tomatoes) is a ways worse than we at first anticipated (as advised by way of the critics' heat reception) and is now not enhancing (as we had, initially, anticipated)," Forte defined to investors.

In an announcement to Insider before this week, Amazon stated that the sequence "continues to be the most-watched exhibit international on Prime Video, breaking all preceding viewing records."

An Amazon spokesperson earlier advised Insider that target market evaluations on Rotten Tomatoes had been unfairly reduced by way of a "review bombing" marketing campaign orchestrated via malicious online actors. This takes place when customers deliberately attempt to decrease a film or show's target audience rating in awful faith. In the case of "The Rings of Power," some followers ridiculed the collection for such characters of color.

Still, Forte is now attempting to quantify the dangers to Amazon if the exhibit isn't always a megahit. Amazon executives will be intently observing what share of all Prime Video streams the undertaking represents and how many inactive Prime debts logged on to watch "The Rings of Power," Insider in the past reported.

"If we work off of Amazon's said figures of 25 million viewers for the launch and a target audience of 200 million Prime individuals who have interaction with Prime Video, we come up with the following: 12.5% penetration (or 87.5% lack of interest)," Forte wrote.

"If we marry the target market score, then we get the following: 9.5 million viewers preferred it (38% of 25 million) suggesting 4.75% penetration (95.25% did now not like it and or are now not involved in it)," he introduced in the lookup note. " So as a whole lot as 95.25% of Prime participants may additionally no longer be completely happy about paying $20 extra per 12 months for Prime due to the fact of Amazon's content material spending, such as LOTR."

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