The Last of Us Episode 2: “Infected” received 5.7 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max, a 22% increase over the previous week. This is the highest week 2 audience growth for an HBO original drama series in the network’s history. Episode 1, “When You’re Lost in the Darkness” has now received 18 million views. Read the review.
HBO and HBO Max also gave an update on the series premiere’s statistics, claiming that “after one full week of availability, Episode 1 is currently tracking at 18 million viewers, over 4x more than its premiere night audience.”
The Last of Us is an adaptation of the megahit video game that sold over 10 million copies worldwide and was an instant success. In 2022, HBO premiered “House of the Dragon,” a “Game of Thrones” prequel. Both series have surpassed both seasons of “Euphoria,” which became HBO’s second-biggest series after “Game of Thrones” during its second season in early 2022.
According to the Games Industry, the HBO series The Last of Us has also triggered a huge increase in game sales in the UK, with The Last of Us Part 1 up 238% and The Last of Us: Remastered up 322%.
The series is set 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pedro Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Bella Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Nick Offerman‘s Bill is going to appear in episode 3 “Long Long Time.” Watch the preview below.