HBO’s The last of us It got off to an incredible start last week, with all the hype and positive critical reception for the show leading to a premiere that attracted 4.7 million viewers in its first day, becoming the second highest premiere for a new HBO series since 2010 (on back Dragon House). Episode 2, called Infected, was performed for the first time over the weekend, and has also attracted a huge audience.
According to HBO, Episode 2 was watched by 5.7 million viewers, which is up 22% from the previous week’s series debut. That, by the way, makes it the biggest second-week growth ever for a new HBO series to date.
Meanwhile, the first episode has also continued to attract viewers in droves, and currently has over 18 million viewers, up almost 4x from what it achieved on its debut last week. Apparently, based on these numbers, HBO should be officially greenlighting a second season for the show any day now.
Interestingly (and not too surprisingly), that success has also flowed into games, with The Last of Us Part 1 sales on the PS5 got a huge boost last week to coincide with the premiere of the HBO series.