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

Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us

Photograph: Liane Hentscher/HBO

Positive, The Final of Us season one finale aired the identical night time because the Oscars, however that didn’t cease followers of the HBO Max PlayStation adaptation from devouring the newest 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 response to an HBO press launch, the season one finale “set one other scores excessive on Sunday night time, delivering 8.2 million viewers throughout HBO Max and linear telecasts, primarily based on Nielsen and first celebration information.” In whole, 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 almost 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 coronary heart out, Home of the Dragon.

Phrase of mouth, internet-breaking buzz, and demanding 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 progress all through its first season regardless of enhanced competitors from dwell sports activities telecasts and awards broadcasts. Sunday night time’s finale viewers marked a 75% enhance in debut night time viewing in comparison with the sequence premiere.”

Listed below are HBO’s numbers for Sunday-night viewership throughout the season; be aware that episode 5 aired early because of 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 possibly can watch its re-airing tomorrow, March 14, at 9:00 pm ET/PT; you may as well test it out as an additional hooked up to the season finale on HBO Max. And when you’re simply now realizing you missed out on considered one of 2023’s pop-culture triumphs, you’ll be able to watch the entire sequence on HBO Max; the primary episode remains to be streaming free, so even when you don’t but have a subscription you’ll be able to test it out. Season two of The Final of Us is already within the works.

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