The Last of Us HBO Series Premiere Drew 4.7 Million Viewers

The TV adaptation of Naughty Dog's first title is the highest premiere for a new HBO series since Boardwalk Empire in 2010.

Posted By | On 17th, Jan. 2023

the last of us hbo

The Last of Us HBO series, a TV adaptation of Naughty Dog’s acclaimed first game, debuted yesterday to a great response. Deadline reports that the first episode drew 4.7 million viewers through linear and HBO Max. After House of the Dragon (which drew nearly 10 million viewers with its debut), this is the highest premiere for a new series since Boardwalk Empire.

Created and written by Craig Mazin of Chernobyl fame and Neil Druckmann, Naughty Dog co-president and director and writer of the video games, The Last of Us HBO series stars Pedro Pascal as Joel and Bella Ramsey as Ellie. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where the United States has fallen after an outbreak of the Cordyceps infection. Joel takes a job to escort Ellie across the country, and the two bond while surviving against the Infected, scavengers, and other threats.

Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO and HBO Max Content, stated, “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. 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.”

Mazin and Druckmann added, “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.”

Though it follows the “broad beats” of the first game’s story, the show isn’t a “line-by-line adaptation”, featuring new characters, themes and locations. This serves to expand on ideas that were only “briefly explored” in the games. Head here for a brief peek at what to expect from future episodes.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Wanted: Dead – 13 Details You Need To Know

Wanted: Dead – 13 Details You Need To Know

Soleil's hack-and-slash shooter is out on February 14th for Xbox, PlayStation and PC. Here's what you should k...

Genshin Impact – Update Version 3.4 is Now Live With New Characters, Domains, and More

Genshin Impact – Update Version 3.4 is Now Live With New Characters, Domains, and More

The update adds two new Dendro characters, Alhaitham and YaoYao, the Desert of Hadramaveth as a new area, and ...

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key Delayed to March 24th

Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End and the Secret Key Delayed to March 24th

Gust producer Junzo Hosoi says the team needs more time to "fine-tune the final touches" and deliver "the best...

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Sells Over 5 Million Units Worldwide

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Sells Over 5 Million Units Worldwide

Currently available for PC and Nintendo Switch, the expansion has sold more than 600,000 units since September...

Overwatch 2 Kicks off Lunar New Year Event with Arcade Brawls, Cosmetic Rewards

Overwatch 2 Kicks off Lunar New Year Event with Arcade Brawls, Cosmetic Rewards

Blizzard is kicking off the Lunar New Year event for Overwatch 2, bringing with it cosmetic rewards and arcade...

Google Releases Update for Stadia Controller to Enable Bluetooth

Google Releases Update for Stadia Controller to Enable Bluetooth

Google has finally released an update for the Stadia Controller that allows users to make use of the controlle...