The Grand Tour - otherwise known as Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond's post-Top Gear show - was launched to huge fanfare and promotion by Amazon last month.
The series, which was also produced by Andy Wilman and boasted a huge budget, was intended to launch Amazon Prime in the UK and begin its overtake of Netflix. While Amazon Prime and Netflix are both sketchy on the exact viewing figures of their shows, a report has surfaced online that suggests the first episode of The Grand Tour has been illegally downloaded a whopping 7.9 million times, making it the most illegally downloaded TV episode on the planet - surpassing Westworld and Game of Thrones.
The loss in revenue for Amazon due to piracy of a single episode is expected to total in and around £3.2 million. Clarkson was paid a reported £10 million for the series. For their part, Amazon don't seem all that pushed. When asked about the topic by DM.co.uk, Amazon tersely replied that the show "has become the biggest show premiere ever on Amazon Prime Video, breaking records around the world."
The report, which was compiled by online piracy analyst group MUSO, also stated that British illegal viewership made up just over 13% - the largest single nationality in the report. It also revealed that the second episode was pirated 6.4 million times whilst the third episode was only pirated 4.6 million times.
It's not yet known in Amazon Prime will commission a second series of The Grand Tour.