HBO’s The Last Of Us is picking up steam as it moves towards the season finale, with 8.1 million viewers tuning in for episode 8 on HBO Max and linear streams. Deadline Reports. The figure is 74% higher than the series’ debut episode in January and set a new viewership record for the show.
Based on the PlayStation game of the same name, The Last Of Us has been the top title on HBO Max for the eight weeks since its premiere. With a massive opening under its belt, becoming HBO’s second-biggest first-season opening after House of the Dragon, the show only increased in popularity, regularly surpassing its own ratings numbers in the weeks that followed.
This marks the first time HBO has updated its viewership numbers for The Last Of Us in about a month, after being interrupted by a schedule change caused by the Super Bowl. HBO’s silence led some to speculate that subsequent episodes weren’t doing as well, though Nielsen data released at the same time showed the show had reached a new milestone by surpassing 1 billion hours aired in a single week.
Episode 8 is one of the most faithful to the events of the game, following Ellie’s struggle to fend for herself in the harsh winter conditions, as well as a confrontation with other survivors who are a threat to both Joel and Ellie and the infected. . .
You can check out our breakdown of the latest episode, or prepare for next Sunday’s finale by watching the trailer for Episode 9. The Last Of Us Season 1 Finale airs next Sunday on HBO and HBO Max at 9pm EST .
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