The Final of Us’ Season 1 Finale Introduced in Season-Excessive Rankings

Photograph: Liane Hentscher/HBO

Positive, The Last of Us season one finale aired the same night as the Oscars, however that didn’t cease followers of the HBO Max PlayStation adaptation from devouring the latest chapter in Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey)’s adventures in post-apocalyptic survival—setting a brand new scores mark whereas doing so.

In line with an HBO press launch, the season one finale “set one other scores excessive on Sunday evening, delivering 8.2 million viewers throughout HBO Max and linear telecasts, primarily based on Nielsen and first occasion information.” In complete, the present averages 30.4 million viewers for its first six episodes (out of a nine-episode season); the primary episode alone has pulled in practically 40 million viewers. The Final of Us can also be “the most-watched present within the historical past of HBO Max in each Europe and Latin America,” so eat your heart out, House of the Dragon.

Phrase of mouth, internet-breaking buzz, and important acclaim all factored into the present’s regular incline in viewers throughout its season, as HBO notes: “Debuting to 4.7 million viewers in January, it has proven constant development all through its first season regardless of enhanced competitors from reside sports activities telecasts and awards broadcasts. Sunday evening’s finale viewers marked a 75% improve in debut evening viewing in comparison with the collection premiere.”

Listed below are HBO’s numbers for Sunday-night viewership throughout the season; notice that episode five aired early due to the Superbowl:

  • Episode 1 – 4.7 million (Jan. 15)
  • Episode 2 – 5.7 million (Jan. 22)
  • Episode 3 – 6.4 million (Jan. 29)
  • Episode 4 – 7.5 million (Feb. 5)
  • Episode 5 – 11.6 million (Feb. 10-Feb. 12)*
    *Early premiere, contains information from Friday to Sunday
  • Episode 6 – 7.8 million (Feb. 19)
  • Episode 7 – 7.7 million (Feb. 26)
  • Episode 8 – 8.1 million (March 5)
  • Episode 9 – 8.2 million (March 12)

For many who simply can’t get sufficient: HBO launched a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of The Final of Us as a part of the finale. You may watch its re-airing tomorrow, March 14, at 9:00 pm ET/PT; you may as well test it out as an additional connected to the season finale on HBO Max. And if you happen to’re simply now realizing you missed out on one in every of 2023’s pop-culture triumphs, you possibly can watch the entire collection on HBO Max; the primary episode continues to be streaming free, so even if you happen to don’t but have a subscription you possibly can test it out. Season two of The Final of Us is already within the works.


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