The Last of Us' second post-debut audience increase is the largest in HBO history, with views rising by 22 percent to 5.7 million viewers

The Last of Us' second post-debut audience increase is the largest in HBO history, with views rising ...

The Last of Us adaptation on HBO continues to attract more and more viewers. According to Nielsen data, ratings for the series increased from 4.7 million in its first episode to 5.7 million in its second episode, a 22 percent increase. This is the largest increase in a HBO drama from premiere to week two.

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Many were concerned about Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann's handling of the transition of a beloved game to television, given the reputation of others. The Last of Us is considered by many to be one of the finest games ever created, which means the writers have had to follow through with what makes it special.

Other series such as Halo and Resident Evil have failed to capture the attention of viewers, causing some resentment among fans of the originals. However, HBO appears to have managed to produce a worthy product, earning viewers' praise for its portrayal of the emotional moments from the Naughty Dog epic.

The Last of Us' premiere episode has already been watched by 18 million people, almost four times as many on the day of its release. According to HBO, Sunday viewership is only 20 to 40% of the total gross audience for an episode, so there's still plenty of room for the program to expand.

Pedro Pascal plays Joel, a stern, heartbroken smuggler who must deliver 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsay) to the lab while navigating an America devastated by an epidemic.

The Last of Us, Illumination, and Nintendo with The Super Mario Bros., as well as David Garbor with Gran Turismo, are all off to a good start in video game adaptation history this year.

The Last of Us: The First Season will consist of nine episodes, each lasting 46 to 81 minutes. The final episode will air on March 12. A remake of The Last of Us: Part I was released last September on PS5. The release date for PC on Steam is March 3rd.

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