Wednesday, June 19, 2024

HBO’s Hit Show “The Last of Us” Finally Vaults Over 1 Million Viewers on Main Channel


If you wait long enough, good things come.

Sunday night’s episode of HBO’s hit show, “The Last of Us,” finally vaulted over the 1 million viewer mark on the main channel.

The show had flirted with the million mark a couple of weeks ago, coming in at 991,000. But then last Sunday– 9 days ago — “The Last of Us” was at 841,000. That episode showed Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsay) finding Joel’s brother and utopian group hiding from Zombies and other unpleasant people.

This past Sunday’s show was mostly about Ellie hanging out at an abandoned post-apocalyptic mall with a romantic interest named Riley (Storm Reid). She’s Ellie’s best friend. (Note: Sorry if I don’t know more about all these characters. I’m enjoying the show but know nothing of the source material.)

The increase from last week to this one is around 28%. After 7 episodes, word of mouth is finally turning into ratings. Can “Last of Us” keep growing and turn into a “Walking Dead”? Because that’s what it seems to be emulating. So stay tuned, and congrats to all the people involved. After a roller coaster start, they’ve found a groove.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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