HBO has announced that the season finale of The Last of Us reached 8.2 million viewers on its first night across HBO Max and traditional TV in the US. That’s a new ratings record for first-night viewership.

HBO also confirmed that Episode 1 from January is now closing in on 40 million viewers in the US alone, while Episodes 1-6 are averaging 30.4 million viewers in total. Outside the US, The Last of Us has become HBO Max’s most-watched TV show in Europe and Latin America.

Viewership for The Last of Us for its premiere grew with every episode. Episode 5 is something of an anomaly, though, as it premiered on HBO Max two days early to avoid a clash with the Super Bowl. With Friday-Sunday numbers accounted for, Episode 5 reached 11.6 million viewers for its premiere.

The Last of Us will return for a second season, but HBO has yet to announce anything specific about it. It’s expected to follow the events of The Last of Us: Part II, though showrunner Craig Mazin and writer Neil Druckmann have said Season 2 won’t cover the entire game’s story, suggesting Season 3 is in the works.

The Last of Us Premiere Viewership Numbers

  • 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)*
  • 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)

*Early premiere, includes data from Friday to Sunday

The Last of Us Season 1 wrapped up on March 12 with a heartbreaking, violent, and crushing finale. For more, check out what The Last Of Us’ Merle Dandridge had to say about the finale.

As for the game series, Naughty Dog is making a new The Last of Us multiplayer game. After that, Naughty Dog might make The Last of Us Part III, or it might not.