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The Last of Us TV Series Had 2nd Biggest HBO Debut Since 2010 With 4.7 Million Viewers

The Last of Us TV Series Had 2nd Biggest HBO Debut Since 2010 With 4.7 Million Viewers - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 17 January 2023 / 2,273 Views

Warner Bros. Discovery has announced the first episode of The Last of Us HBO series had 4.7 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max. It is the second largest debut for HBO since Boardwalk Empire premiered in 2010. Only House of the Dragon had a bigger debut with 9.986 million viewers.

"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," said Chairman and CEO of HBO & HBO Max ContentCasey Bloys. "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."

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

The first season of the show adapts the first game in the franchise. However, some episodes will "deviate greatly" due to the game and HBO series being in a different medium. Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann is one of five directors for the first season of the upcoming The Last of Us HBO TV series.

The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal plays Joel and Bella Ramey, best known for her role as Lyanna Mormont in HBO's Game of Thrones, plays Ellie. 

Thanks, Deadline.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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NobleTeam360 (on 17 January 2023)

I enjoyed the first episode a lot. Definitely looking forward to the rest of the show.

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DonFerrari (on 17 January 2023)

Impressive numbers. Congrats. Let's see if they can sustain that through the season.

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zero129 (on 17 January 2023)

Cant wait to see it with the wife. But going to play the game first when it comes to pc. But good thing is by then all eps should be out.

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method114 zero129 (on 17 January 2023)

Yea I can't wait to replay this on my PC. I was just about to replay it on my PS5 when the rumors of a remake started so I never started. I haven't watched the show yet waiting for more episodes to come out. At least 8 of them.

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zero129 method114 (on 17 January 2023)

I never got around to playing the first game at all (Or the 2nd one) so the remake on PC will be my first experience with the series. Thats the main reason i dont want to watch the TV show before playing the game as i dont want to spoil the story.

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TallSilhouette (on 17 January 2023)

Great to hear. Maybe I can trick my old fashioned dad into liking a video game for once!

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Ayla (on 17 January 2023)

Mehh...He can't grow a full beard.

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ClassicGamingWizzz (on 17 January 2023)

Everyone loving it, makes you think about people in vgchartz thar didnt lost a chance saying its story and neil druckman are overrated.

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Azzanation ClassicGamingWizzz (on 17 January 2023)

Part 2 of the series isnt out yet. Will have to see how the movie audience reacts to it.

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ClassicGamingWizzz Azzanation (on 17 January 2023)


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KLAMarine ClassicGamingWizzz (on 17 January 2023)

We're gonna pretend part 2 didn't cause a split in the fanbase?

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Azzanation KLAMarine (on 18 January 2023)

Apparently they believe Part 1 and Part 2 are the same thing.

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kazuyamishima KLAMarine (on 18 January 2023)

It did at some point, but it also gained a lot of new players.

The consensus of “everyone hated part II” start to vanish more and more nowadays

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Manlytears (on 17 January 2023)

Nice! A good start!

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Dante9 (on 18 January 2023)

Heck, do I have to watch this now? Even trusted sources are saying it's good. So it is not a tropey modern woke fest? I mean the game was plenty diverse in an organic way that felt natural, but showrunners today are not content with that, they need to ram a fist up your ass with their politics.

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