HBO’s latest series, The Last of Us, is setting records for online viewership. This past Sunday’s second episode, titled “Infected,” hit 5.7 million viewers on linear TV and HBO Max on its first night in the US, which is good for a 22-year spike in viewership. % from its January 15 premiere. This is the highest percentage growth for an HBO original show from premiere to second episode in the network’s history, According to Diversity.
By comparison, the second episode of House of the Dragon gained more millions of viewers – 10.2 million – but the percentage growth over the first episode was only 2%.
Meanwhile, the series premiere of The Last of Us on January 15 has now grown to 18 million viewers in its first week, more than four times what it was the week before. viewership for the premiere was 4.7 million. The launch of The Last of Us on HBO is the network’s second-biggest series premiere since 2010, behind only House of the Dragon.
HBO has said that Sunday night viewership for any series typically accounts for about 20%-40% of a show’s total viewership per episode. Thus, “Infected” will have a spike in viewership in the coming days. Finally, the movie comes out climbed to 10 million viewers in two days.
New episodes of HBO’s The Last of Us air Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET, extending through the final episode of Season 1 on March 12. There’s also a new episode of HBO’s The Last of Us. Official podcast hosted by Troy Baker in which Mazin and Druckmann break down each episode’s scenes.
For more, check out GameSpot’s interview with actress Tess Anna Torv, who breaking the horror climax in the latest episode.
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