The Last of Us Gives HBO Record-Breaking Viewership Growth

Ellie with a sandwich speaks with Tess under the sunlit interior of a broken down building in episode 2 of HBO's The Last of Us

A report from HBO reveals a notable increase in viewership for the premiere of Episode 2 of its post-apocalyptic drama series, The Last of Us.

A report from HBO revealed an astounding rise in ratings for the latest episode of its post-apocalyptic drama series, The Last of Us.

According to Variety, The Last of Us Episode 2, “Infected,” brought the series to new heights in regard to viewership numbers. Episode 2 reportedly raked in a combined 5.7 million viewers across HBO’s television and streaming platforms. This was a remarkable 22% increase from the series premiere’s initial 4.7 million watchers, with HBO further stating that Episode 2 of The Last of Us had seen the “largest week 2 audience growth for an HBO Original drama series in the history of the network.”

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HBO additionally reported that The Last of Us‘ debut episode continued to draw in new viewers since its Jan.15 premiere. The television network claimed it had recorded over 18 million viewers of Episode 1 throughout its first week on traditional and streaming platforms. HBO also previously speculated that The Last of Us Episode 2 will similarly exhibit a respectable increase in watch time over the next few days following its release, being that it claimed Sunday night viewership only “represents 20%-40% of the show’s total gross audience per episode.”

The Last of Us Thrives

Based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name, The Last of Us quickly became one of the most successful HBO premieres in recent memory, coming second only to the launch of the massively popular Game of Thrones prequel series, House of the Dragon​​​​​​. The widespread success of the series’ debut additionally resulted in skyrocketing sales for the original The Last of Us video game, with a 238% increase in sales for The Last of Us Part 1. The Last of Us: Remastered received a similar boost, earning an additional 322% boost following the HBO adaptation’s premiere.

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Despite the show’s success, some longtime followers of the franchise were not satisfied with specific changes introduced by HBO’s television adaptation. When asked if he expected the backlash from fans of The Last of Us, series co-creator Neil Druckmann said, “I’ve learned to expect backlash from sneezing. I think it speaks to the kind of fans that we have, who are so protective and love the world and these characters so much that anything they see as a deviation, without the full context of what it means, they assume the worst and push back on it.”

New episodes of The Last of Us premiere every Sunday on HBO. The series is also available to stream on HBO Max.

Source: Variety


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