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The Last of Us TV Series Episode 2 Saw Record Jump in Viewership

The Last of Us TV Series Episode 2 Saw Record Jump in Viewership - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 23 January 2023 / 2,206 Views

Warner Bros. Discovery has announced the second episode of The Last of Us TV series has set a new record for an HBO original drama series for the largest increase in viewership.

The first episode had 4.7 million viewers across HBO and HBO Max, while the second episode saw an increase of 22 percent to 5.7 million viewers. This data is based on Nielsen and first party data.

After one full week available, the first episode now has had 18 million viewers, which is nearly four times higher than the premiere night. 

New episodes of The Last of Us TV series debut on Sundays at 9:00 pm ET/PT on HBO and HBO Max. The finale will premiere on March 12.

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. 


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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17 Comments
TallSilhouette (on 23 January 2023)

Hell yeah. Just saw that Neil directed the latest episode. He did a great job! This guy can do it all.

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zero129 (on 23 January 2023)

Well deserved, just finished watching the 2nd ep and it was great

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Pajderman (on 24 January 2023)

Holding back on starting to watch this until more episodes are released. Like to binge. Seem like HBO is betting a lot on it, there are ads everywhere for this thing.

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method114 Pajderman (on 24 January 2023)

Exactly what I'm doing. From the looks of it I'll be playing the game on PC and watching the show at the same time.

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Giggity_goo (on 24 January 2023)

shame only legal way of watching this in uk is via sky and its a very expensive option

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SecondWar Giggity_goo (on 24 January 2023)

Can't you get it through Now TV, why I believe is a fair bit cheaper than a full Sky subscription.

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Pemalite (on 23 January 2023)

Absolutely solid show and having a blast with it.
Well done.

  • +2
zero129 (on 23 January 2023)

Neil be doing what Kojima always dreamed of :-D

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LivncA_Dis3 (on 23 January 2023)

Last of remastered and part1 remake has sky rocketing sales thanks to this HBO series just like what happened with the witcha cuppa years ago.

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SecondWar LivncA_Dis3 (on 24 January 2023)

Lets see how the PC release does when it launches just before the finale.

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V-r0cK LivncA_Dis3 (on 24 January 2023)

That's awesome. I knew this would happen and the reason why they did the remake of Part 1.

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DonFerrari (on 24 January 2023)

That is a great news, it means that whoever was holding back on watching for some reason after some time decided to start. Let's see how it holds until the season finale.

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KLAMarine (on 23 January 2023)

Ellie has a sense of humor in this show! Yay!

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ClassicGamingWizzz KLAMarine (on 24 January 2023)

Like in the gane.

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KLAMarine ClassicGamingWizzz (on 24 January 2023)

She's sort of drab and dreary in part 2.

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ClassicGamingWizzz KLAMarine (on 24 January 2023)

You expected her to crack jokes left and right in one of the more depressed stories in games ever?

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KLAMarine ClassicGamingWizzz (on 24 January 2023)

As a coping mechanism, sure.

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