At this point, you can consider HBO’s adaptation of The Last of Us a colossal success. Not only has it attracted rave reviews, but it’s also achieving some staggering ratings – all of which is generating insane sales of the PS5 and PS4 game, too. The most recent episode, which aired this past Sunday, hit another ratings high for the series – despite going head-to-head with the Grammys. This means the show has actually grown with each episode, a clear indication it’s a hit.

So, what’s the latest record, then? Well, around 7.5 million in the United States tuned in for Episode 4, an improvement of 17 per cent compared to the previous week’s instalment. Data comes courtesy of Variety via a combination of sources, including traditional broadcasting data and streaming statistics provided by Warner Bros Discovery.

Unfortunately, The Last of Us’ rapidly inclining trajectory is likely to hit a roadblock this week: Episode 5 will debut a little earlier this week, in order to avoid competition with the all-encompassing television spectacle that is the Super Bowl. While we imagine many will still tune in, we suspect moving the time may lead to confusion which could negatively impede the show’s numbers. It’ll likely rebound the following week, however – assuming word of mouth remains as strong as it currently is.