An astonishing 8.1 million people tuned in to the penultimate episode of “The Last of Us” Season 1 on Sunday night.
These statistics show that streams on HBO Max were merged with linear viewing on HBO’s cable platform on the night of each episode’s broadcast. The 8.1 million viewers who watched Episode 8, “When We Are In Need,” helped to boost the audience by 74% compared to the 4.7 million viewers who watched the series debut.
That makes Episode 8 the highest watched episode of the entire season, according to Warner Bros. Discovery. At 7.5 million people, Episode 4 previously held the record for most viewers, while WBD withheld information on the number of viewers for Episodes 5-7.
“The Last of Us,” which was adapted from the well-known PlayStation games of the same name, became an immediate hit for HBO when it debuted in January. Only the “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” garnered more views than the network’s initial 4.7 million viewers, which made it the second-most watched debut in more than a decade. The show subsequently expanded on that debut with 5.7 million viewers of its subsequent episode, the highest gain in viewers between a launch and a second episode ever for HBO, which resulted in an early Season 2 renewal. And in addition to hitting another then-series high of 6.4, Episode 3 earned a lot of praise from both critics and viewers for the guest appearances by Nick Offerman and Murray Bartlett, sparking discussions about the show’s and the performers’ chances for award success.
With Episode 9, which will serve as its Season 1 conclusion, “The Last of Us” is certain to set yet another series high given the show’s steadily expanding fan base. When the episode premieres on HBO and HBO Max, the 95th Oscars ceremony, which will be broadcast on ABC, may draw some people away from it, but it won’t necessarily slow down its pace. It should be mentioned that when Episode 4 debuted against the Grammys, it attracted a respectable 7.4 million viewers.
- Episode 8 of “The Last of Us” reaches a series high of 8.1 million viewers, an increase of 74% from the season debut
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