Positive, The Last of Us season one finale aired the same night as the Oscars, however that didn’t cease followers of the HBO Max PlayStation adaptation from devouring the latest chapter in Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey)’s adventures in post-apocalyptic survival—setting a brand new rankings mark whereas doing so.
In response to an HBO press launch, the season one finale “set one other rankings excessive on Sunday night time, delivering 8.2 million viewers throughout HBO Max and linear telecasts, based mostly on Nielsen and first celebration knowledge.” In complete, the present averages 30.4 million viewers for its first six episodes (out of a nine-episode season); the primary episode alone has pulled in practically 40 million viewers. The Final of Us can also be “the most-watched present within the historical past of HBO Max in each Europe and Latin America,” so eat your heart out, House of the Dragon.
Phrase of mouth, internet-breaking buzz, and demanding acclaim all factored into the present’s regular incline in viewers throughout its season, as HBO notes: “Debuting to 4.7 million viewers in January, it has proven constant development all through its first season regardless of enhanced competitors from stay sports activities telecasts and awards broadcasts. Sunday night time’s finale viewers marked a 75% enhance in debut night time viewing in comparison with the collection premiere.”
Listed here are HBO’s numbers for Sunday-night viewership throughout the season; observe that episode five aired early due to the Superbowl:
- Episode 1 – 4.7 million (Jan. 15)
- Episode 2 – 5.7 million (Jan. 22)
- Episode 3 – 6.4 million (Jan. 29)
- Episode 4 – 7.5 million (Feb. 5)
- Episode 5 – 11.6 million (Feb. 10-Feb. 12)*
*Early premiere, consists of knowledge from Friday to Sunday
- Episode 6 – 7.8 million (Feb. 19)
- Episode 7 – 7.7 million (Feb. 26)
- Episode 8 – 8.1 million (March 5)
- Episode 9 – 8.2 million (March 12)
For many who simply can’t get sufficient: HBO launched a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of The Final of Us as a part of the finale. You possibly can watch its re-airing tomorrow, March 14, at 9:00 pm ET/PT; you too can test it out as an additional hooked up to the season finale on HBO Max. And in case you’re simply now realizing you missed out on considered one of 2023’s pop-culture triumphs, you possibly can watch the entire collection on HBO Max; the primary episode remains to be streaming free, so even in case you don’t but have a subscription you possibly can test it out. Season two of The Final of Us is already within the works.
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