HBO’s ‘The Last Of Us’ Just Broke A Viewership Record With Its Second Episode
— Updated on 14 March 2023

HBO’s ‘The Last Of Us’ Just Broke A Viewership Record With Its Second Episode

— Updated on 14 March 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

After recording the network’s second biggest premiere of the past decade – spanking the likes of major draws like Euphoria and even Game of Thrones; but just falling short of the latter’s prequel series House of the Dragon – HBO’s The Last of Us has added another accomplishment to its name with Episode 2 ‘Infected.’

According to the Nielsen ratings, this week’s instalment spiked from 4.7 million to 5.7 million across linear airings and HBO Max streams in the US alone, which represents a tremendous 22% increase from its debut (the largest of any HBO original drama from Week 1 to Week 2). The adaptation of the hit video game franchise is now one of the fastest-growing shows in HBO history.

Needless to say, it would appear the people approve of how Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann have handled this one.

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HBO's The Last Of Us Breaks Viewership Record With Episode 2

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But eyeballs and universal acclaim aren’t the only metrics we can use to gauge the hype surrounding HBO’s The Last of Us.

As reported by, boxed sales of The Last of Us Part I on PlayStation 5 have skyrocketed by an incredible 238% week-on-week, while the PlayStation 4 version The Last of Us Remastered experiencing an even more significant jump at 322% (UK figures).

Here in Australia, The Last of Us Part I on PlayStation 5 has breached the Top 30 best-selling video game charts (overall) on Amazon, trailing behind much newer releases such as God of War: Ragnarok, Hogwarts Legacy, Dead Space – PlayStation 5 Edition, as well as the Nintendo Switch title Fire Emblem Engage; coming in at #6 for the PlayStation 5 only category.

How good.

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Garry Lu
After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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