‘The Last Of Us’ Becomes HBO’s 2nd Biggest Premiere With 4.7M Viewers

HBO's The Last Of Us series starring Pedro Pascal attracted 4.7 million viewers over linear and HBO Max, making it the second biggest premiere since 2010.

The Television adaptation of the 2013 PlayStation game The Last Of Us, starring Pedro Pascal, attracted 4.7 million viewers on Sunday night across linear and HBO Max. It was the biggest debut after House of the Dragon since Boardwalk Empire premiered in 2010.

Last year, the spinoff of Game of Thrones (House of The Dragon) debuted to a record-breaking 9.986 million people across linear and HBO Max. This was the greatest audience for any new original series in pay cabler history.

According to HBO, between 20% and 40% of each episode’s overall gross audience regularly tunes in on Sunday night.

The series, which is one of the most anticipated tv shows of 2023, takes place 20 years after modern society has been destroyed. A hardened survivor named Joel is hired to assist a girl named Ellie, who is just 14 years old, escape a restrictive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal journey as they both must traverse the US and depend on each other for survival. 

Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson, Troy Baker, Murray Bartlett, and Nick Offerman also make appearances.

The Last Of Us is written by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckman, who also serve as executive producers. It was co-created by Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog. Additionally, Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, and Rose Lam serve as executive producers.

Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO & HBO Max Content, expressed his excitement in seeing fans of the series and game enjoy the famous story in a new way. “We are thrilled to see fans of the series and game alike experience this iconic story in a new way, and we extend our gratitude to them for helping to make it a success.”

“Congratulations to Craig, Neil and the brilliant cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. We look forward to fans around the world enjoying the rest of the season.”

“Our focus was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for as big an audience as we could,” said Mazin and Druckmann. “We are overjoyed to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed The Last of Us into their homes and their hearts.”

Source: Deadline

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