The penultimate episode of “The Last of Us” season 1 received 8.1 million viewers on Sunday night.
According to Warner Bros. Discovery, Episode 8 is the most watched series ever.
Previously, that title belonged to Episode 3, which had 7.5 million viewers, but WBD did not publish data on viewership numbers for Episodes 5-7.
These numbers combine linear viewership on HBO’s cable platform with streaming on HBO Max through each episode’s premiere night. His 8.1 million viewers who watched Episode 8, titled “When We Are In Need,” was a 74% increase from his viewership numbers for the series premiere, which drew 4.7 million viewers.
Adapted from the popular PlayStation game of the same name, ‘The Last of Us’ was an instant success on HBO when it premiered in January. This his 4.7 million early viewers made this his second most watched debut in over a decade. This is the second in a series of Game of Thrones prequels, House of the Dragons. The series then built on that launch with 5.7 million viewers for the next installment. This was the biggest increase between HBO’s launch and the second episode, leading to an early renewal for season two. Episode 3 also reached a then-series high of 6.4 for him, while Nick his offerman and Murray Bartlett guest received great acclaim from critics and fans for his performance, making the actor and the show overall It sparked conversations about potential awards.
Given the show’s ever-growing audience, it seems likely that ‘The Last of Us’ will hit yet another series high with Episode 9, the season 1 finale. It may lose some viewers at the 95th Annual Oscars ceremony, which airs on ABC when the episode debuts on HBO and HBO Max, but that won’t necessarily stop the momentum. It should be noted that it premiered in competition with the Grammy Awards when it reached 7.4 million viewers.
Post-“The Last of Us” Episode 8 hit a series-best 8.1 million viewers, a 74% increase from its season premiere. First published in The Media Pub News.