The first episode of the series adaptation starring Pedro Pascal (Joel) and Bella Ramsey (Ellie) was released last Sunday, and according to audience ratings from Nielsen and Warner Bros. Discovery, it attracted 4.7 million viewers so only in the United States, on HBO and the HBO Max streaming platform.
These numbers position the Craig Mazin-written and produced project as the channel’s second-biggest debut in the last 13 years, behind only House of the Dragon, which premiered to nearly 10 million viewers.
“Our goal was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for the widest possible audience (…) We are delighted to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed ‘The Last of Us’ into their homes and hearts” , noted executive producers Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann.
According to the synopsis of the series shared by HBO, ‘The Last of Us’ takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a born survivor, is hired to smuggle 14-year-old Ellie out of an oppressive quarantine zone.
What starts out as a small job soon turns into a brutal and harrowing journey as both must traverse the United States and depend on each other for survival.
The second chapter of ‘The Last of Us’ will be released next Sunday, January 22 at 7:00 p.m., local time in Mexico.