The first episode of HBO's The Last of Us was watched by 4.7 million viewers, making it the second biggest debut on the network since 2010's Boardwalk Empire. Only the debut of House of the Dragon has done better during that same timeframe, which pulled in 9.986 million views. HBO explained the Sunday night viewership generally represents 20 to 40 per cent of "the show’s total gross audience per episode".
Commenting on the achievement, producers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann said: "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." Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO, then added his own thanks and looks "forward to fans around the world enjoying the rest of the season".
It's a fantastic start for the TV series, which has another eight episodes to run before a second season comes into play. Given how successful the debut episode has been, we'd be surprised not to see The Last of Us: Part II turned into a TV series in the coming years as long as what comes next remains of a high quality and retains viewers.
Impressions across Push Square have been extremely positive as well; almost 60 per cent of you voted to say the first episode was "excellent". The series continues on Sunday night with episode two, so if you need to know Where to Watch The Last of Us TV Show, click the link.