The Last of Us is the largest HBO debut after House of the Dragon

The Last of Us premiere episode launched to a combined 4.7 million US viewers, making it the second-largest debut in HBO history.
The Last of Us HBO TV series

The long-awaited HBO TV adaptation of The Last of Us has officially become the second-largest debut in the channel’s last decade since the premiere of Boardwalk Empire, raking in a combined 4.7 million US viewers in its first episode across the linear HBO cable channel, and adjacent streaming platform HBO Max.

A report from Variety stated that on top of defeating premiere viewership numbers on shows such as Game of Thrones, which brought in 4.2 million US viewers in 2011, the US Sunday night premiere numbers nearly doubled that of the Season 2 premiere night for Euphoria, another majorly successful title on the platform. HBO noted that, ‘Sunday night viewership for an HBO series typically represents 20%-40% of the show’s total gross audience per episode’, indicating that the show is only on an upward trajectory from here. 

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Emily Shiel is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, Australia who is passionate about all things accessibility, mental health and the indie games scene. You can find her on Twitter at @emi_shiel