Deadline has reported that the penultimate eighth episode of HBO’s The Last of Us drew 8.1 million viewers on Sunday, a new series high, on linear telecasts and HBO Max. That is up 74% from the series’ January debut, according to HBO and Nielsen. It is also the eighth consecutive week that The Last of Us remained the top title overall on HBO Max. According to HBO, all episodes of the series so far have ranked in the week’s top 10 individual assets and it is approaching 30 millions viewers on all platforms.
HBO has released updated viewership metrics for The Last of Us for the first time in about a month. The series has a same-day high of 7.5 million views and hit a milestone the week that episode five aired according to Nielsen’s streaming charts. During the week of January 30 to February 5, the series was streamed for over 1B minutes, not including HBO linear viewing. Nielsen does not break down viewership by episode.
The Last of Us is based on the PlayStation game and takes place 20 years after society has collapsed due to a mutated fungal infection. Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game of Thrones) plays Joel who is hired to smuggle Bella Ramsey’s (Hilda, His Dark Materials) Ellie, an immune 14-year-old girl, out of their quarantine zone. They then embark on a brutal journey across the U.S., constantly fighting for survival.
Along with Pascal and Ramsey, the series also features Gabriel Luna (Hala, Matador), Anna Torv (MindHunter, Secret City), Nico Parker (Dumbo, The Third Day), Murray Bartlet (Looking, The White Lotus), Nick Offerman (The Founder, Devs), Melanie Lynskey (Candy, Coyote Ugly), and Storm Reid (Euphoria, Missing). It is written by Craig Mazin (Chernobyl, Mythic Quest) and Neil Druckmann (Uncharted, The Last of Us) and is executive produced by Mazin, Druckmann, Rose Lam (Jack, Double Happiness), Carolyn Strauss (Treme, The Baby), Carter Swan (Colombus Day, The Fighting Temptations), Asad Qizilbash (Uncharted, Gran Turismo), and Evan Wells (The Last of Us, Uncharted).