The Last of Us on HBO has secured 7.5 million viewers following Sunday night’s airing of the adaptation’s fourth episode, a 17% mark up from Episode 3, making it the third consecutive week in a row for audience growth. The figures are based on Nielsen and first-party data courtesy of a press release from WarnerMedia. In just two weeks, the series has jumped by more than two million viewers from Episode 2 and almost three million from the overnight ratings of Episode 1

It’s perhaps even more surprising that The Last Of Us drew in such high numbers, considering the star-studded 65th Grammys aired the same night and pulled in 12.4 million viewers. Even being able to compete against such a monumental TV event is establishing HBO’s The Last of Us as a hugely popular show. There may have been doubts about the adaptation prior to release, but at this point it would be hard to argue against the show’s success. What we’re curious to see how high those numbers reach once we hit the season finale, expected to drop on March 12.

The Last of US HBO Pedro Pascal Joel peeking through newspapers over a window
The tense fourth episode of HBO’s The Last of Us kept viewership momentum up.

The fourth episode of the adaptation, “Please Hold To My Hand,” which owes its title to the song ‘Alone and Forsaken’by Hank Williams, focuses on Joel and Ellie’s relationship as they reach Kansas City, controlled by an armed, fiercely-regimented rebel group. It has a few tense and emotional moments, and helped cement Joel and Ellie’s close bond, despite the awfully apocalyptic world they live in. In other The Last Of Us news, Nick Offerman almost turned down the role of Bill in the HBO adaptation.

Are you one of the millions watching The Last Of Us? If so, let us know your thoughts on the series so far in the comments below, and keep tuned with GameLuster for more gaming news.

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