“The Last of Us” Is HBO’s Second-Best Premiere of The Last 10 Years with 4.7 Million Viewers!
The Last of Us had HBO’s second-best premiere in the previous ten years.
4.7 million people watched the video game adaptation with Pedro Pascal on opening night. The largest premiere following House of The Dragon since In 2010, Boardwalk Empire debuted.
The premiere of House of the Dragon, which had approximately 10 million viewers, set a record for any new original series on a pay cable channel. The first episode of the historical drama Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, drew 4.81 million viewers in 2010.
The Last of Us is based on the PlayStation game and is set 20 years after the destruction of contemporary civilization. A seasoned survivor named Joel (Pascal) is paid to transport 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey) out of a restrictive quarantine zone. A simple task quickly turns into a grueling trip as they both travel across the US and rely on one another to survive.
One of the few video game adaptations to successfully transfer from the interactive medium to cinema or television is The Last of Us, which has received acclaim from both fans and reviewers (read our review here).
The show’s creators, Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann stated, “Our objective was simply to make the greatest possible adaptation of this popular story for as large an audience as we could.” We are ecstatic to see how many fans—both longtime and new—have accepted The Last of Us into their homes and hearts.
In addition to Pascal and Ramsey, the show also stars Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson, and Troy Baker. Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett, and Nick Offerman are also featured.