The Grand Tour, Amazon Prime’s new motoring show presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May is the most illegally downloaded TV programme in history.
Following its launched last month, the show has been an instant success for Amazon and is already the most watched premiere in the history of the online retailer’s streaming service.
The big budget show which sees the popular former Top Gear presenters reunite for the first time, has also resulted in a surge of new customers signing up for a subscription to Amazon Prime.
However, it seems that not everyone is so willing to pay to watch The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime.
According to new data, The Grand Tour has become to the most illegally downloaded TV show of all time, even surpassing Game of Thrones.
Illegal torrents for the first three episodes have been downloaded at never before seen rates.
According to industry analytics firm Muso, the first episode of the Grand Tour was downloaded more than 9.7 million times, costing Amazon in the UK an estimated £3.2 million.
The second and third episodes were downloaded 6.4 million and 4.6 million times, respectively.
“It is the most illegally downloaded program ever,” said Chris Elkins, Muso Chief Commercial Officer, told The Guardian.
“It is off the scale in terms of volume. It has overtaken every big show, including Game Of Thrones, for the totals across different platforms,” he added.
While nearly 14 percent of the downloads came from the UK, a reason for the huge surge in illegal downloads is likely to have come from fans around the world eager to watch the new show.
The news comes after reports surfaced last month that Amazon will be rolling out its Prime Video streaming service globally, making it available in more than 200 countries and territories before the end of the year.