Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Having attracted a staggering 18 million viewers within the first week of its debut episode airing, HBO's The Last of Us TV series has set a record for viewership of its second episode, which aired on on 22nd January.
Titled ‘Infected’, the second episode brought in 5.7 million viewers across standard TV channels and HBO Max during its first night in the US, making for a 22% rise in overall viewership compared to the premiere episode on 15th January. Variety reports (via GameSpot) that this is the all-time highest percentage growth for an HBO original show from debut episode to second episode.
The first episode of The Last of Us was HBO's second biggest series premiere since 2010 with 4.7 million on its first night, beaten only by Game of Thrones spin-off series House of the Dragon, which drew in 10.2 million viewers. However, the second episode of that show saw only a 2% rise in viewer numbers.
The Last of Us arriving on HBO (and other networks worldwide, like Sky Atlantic in the UK) has also boosted sales of The Last of Us Part I on PlayStation 5, contributing to a 238% rise in units sold at retail.
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