By KARENA PHAN (Associated Press)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Last of Us” followers set one other score document for the season one finale of the apocalyptic, mushroom-infected zombie online game adaptation. Despite airing in opposition to the Oscars Sunday night time, HBO stated the season finale drew in 8.2 million viewers.
Viewership for “The Last of Us” has persistently grown all through the season. The sequence has not solely received over avid gamers with excessive expectations but additionally critics and individuals who aren’t conversant in the sport.
The sequence premiere drew 4.7 million viewers within the U.S., based mostly on Nielsen and HBO knowledge, making for HBO’s second-largest debut, behind “House of the Dragon.” Outside of the U.S., “The Last of Us” is now the most-watched present within the historical past of HBO Max in each Europe and Latin America, HBO stated.
As viewers watch episodes on the streaming platforms days after the episodes air, the numbers for the sequence will proceed to extend. The sequence is now averaging 30.4 million viewers throughout its first six episodes, with the primary episode approaching 40 million viewers within the U.S., HBO stated.
HBO did concede to the rankings behemoth that’s the Super Bowl, dropping the fifth episode of “The Last of Us” on HBO Max and HBO On Demand early final month on the Friday earlier than the large sport on Feb. 12. But the rankings for episode 5 had been nonetheless sturdy, with 11.6 million viewers from Friday by Sunday.
The sequence finale ended with Joel making some tough and controversial choices that left viewers questioning what was subsequent for protagonists Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal). While not a lot has been formally introduced in regards to the second season, followers of the online game learn about “The Last of Us Part II” and are eagerly anticipating how the sport will probably be tailored for season two.