The first episode attracted 4.7 million viewers.
The recently released first episode of The Last of Us was watched by 4.7 million viewers, becoming the second-largest debut on HBO since 2010, following the lead of House of the Dragon.
As Deadline pointed out, the Game of Thrones spin-off premiered with 9.986 million viewers, the largest number for an original series in the company's history. Before The Last of Us, Boardwalk Empire attracted 4.81 million viewers by its first episode in 2010.
“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 Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO & HBO Max Content. “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.”
The Last of Us premiered on January 15 and received overwhelming support from both fans of the game and those who'd never played it. Earlier, Naughty Dog co-president Neil Druckmann said that the show helped his parents "finally experience The Last of Us".
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