Following its big ratings hit with Episode 1, HBO announces ratings for The Last Of Us Episode 2 are higher and up 22%.
Episode 2 of The Last Of Us tallied 5.7 million viewers Sunday night, up 22% from the series debut. This marks the largest week 2 audience growth for an HBO Original drama series in the history of the network.
The episode’s 5.7 million viewers across HBO and linear telecasts in the U.S. is an additional one million viewers vs. last week, based on Nielsen and first party data.
The Last Of Us ratings are up nearly 4x
After one full week of availability, Episode 1 is now tracking at 18 million viewers, up nearly 4x from its premiere night audience.
The show also has a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes from critics and 96% from the Audience, with a 9.4 rating at IMDb.
New episodes of The Last Of Us debut each Sunday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO and are available to stream on HBO Max, leading up to the finale on March 12.
The series stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey and takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.
Also starring in the show includes Gabriel Luna as Tommy, Anna Torv as Tess, Nico Parker as Sarah, Murray Bartlett as Frank, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence, with Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.
Fans can also tune in to The Last of Us Podcast, the series’ official companion podcast where host Troy Baker, who plays Joel in the video game, sits down with series creators Craig Mazin (Emmy®-winning creator of HBO’s “Chernobyl”) and Neil Druckmann, the creator of the acclaimed video game, for a scene-by-scene deep dive of each episode.
A new spotlight page for The Last Of Us is now live on HBO Max, featuring behind-the-scenes content and access to the companion podcast, as well as an interactive flashlight to help fans find their next series to watch. The spotlight page also showcases a curated selection of movies and series from 2003, the year the life-altering outbreak occurred in the new HBO series.