With The Last of Us series approaching, many of us offered our opinions on whether or not the show would be successful. In a guest opinion piece, Rae wrote about how translating media can often leave it feeling incomplete, while on Bitcast, the guys discussed their expectations. Regardless how you may personally feel, the data doesn’t lie. And it’s very positive for HBO.
According to a report from Deadline, The Last of Us premiered to 4.7 million viewers for HBO. This ranks it as the second-highest debut for HBO since 2010 and only behind House of the Dragon which set records. According to HBO, the premiere numbers were nearly double the season two debut night for Euphoria, which recorded 2.4M last January. That series went on to average 19.5M viewers per episode in the U.S. So by all accounts, The Last of Us is a hit.
This comes after near universal praise from critics as well, with the show garnering a 99% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. If you were worried about the adaptation, it seems you can stop now! Here’s HBO’s look at the weeks ahead: