The hit post-apocalyptic drama series The Last of Us has smashed records with its season one finale, drawing in an impressive 8.2 million viewers across HBO’s linear channel and digital platforms, as reported by Deadline. This marks the show’s largest same-day audience to date and solidifies its position as one of the most successful projects on the premium network.
Despite competing with the Oscars, The Last of Us managed to inch above last week’s already impressive 8.1 million viewers for its penultimate episode. The show’s phenomenal success can be attributed to its stunning visuals, gripping storyline and outstanding performances by Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey.
According to HBO, The Last of Us has become one of the most successful series in the network’s history, with an average audience of approximately 30.4 million viewers across all platforms for its first six episodes. The series premiere alone attracted nearly 40 million viewers, cementing its place as a critical and commercial hit.
What you need to know about The Last of Us
Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last of Us centers on the relationship between a smuggler named Joel Miler and 14-year-old Ellie Williams, the latter of whom may be the key to curing the deadly pandemic that resulted in the post-apocalypse world of the game. Hired to smuggle Ellie out of a quarantine zone, Joel finds himself relying on the teenage girl just as much as she relies on him as they fight to survive on their journey across the United States.
The Last of Us has been officially renewed for a second season by HBO, with production expected to kick off later this year. Its season one cast also includes Pedro Pascal, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, Nick Offerman, Storm Reid, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Melanie Lynskey, Rutina Wesley, Brad Leland, Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson.
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