The Last of Us amasses 4.7M viewers in HBO’s second-largest debut after House of the Dragon

The Last of Us is a hit! HBO’s video game adaptation amasses 4.7M viewers – its second-largest debut after House of the Dragon

Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann’s highly-anticipated dystopian drama The Last of Us managed to amass 4.7M viewers across linear TV and HBO Max on Sunday.

The post-apocalyptic series – set 20 years after a global pandemic – marks the cable network’s second-largest debut after House of the Dragon’s historic 9.986M viewership last August.

‘Our focus was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for as big an audience as we could,’ the showrunners said in a statement on Tuesday.

Strong start! Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann's highly-anticipated dystopian drama The Last of Us managed to amass 4.7M viewers across linear TV and HBO Max on Sunday

Strong start! Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann’s highly-anticipated dystopian drama The Last of Us managed to amass 4.7M viewers across linear TV and HBO Max on Sunday

‘We are overjoyed to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed The Last of Us into their homes and their hearts.’

In it, Joel (Pedro Pascal) is tasked with transporting 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey), who’s miraculously immune to the Cordyceps infection, out of a Boston quarantine zone all the way to the West Coast where a cure is being created.

The parasitic fungal infection – inspired by the real-life ophiocordyceps unilateralis – killed off 60% of the population and has four stages of infection, which increasingly causes humans to resemble zombie-like monsters that use echolocation.

Set 20 years after a global pandemic: The post-apocalyptic series marks the cable network's second-largest debut after House of the Dragon's historic 9.986M viewership last August

Set 20 years after a global pandemic: The post-apocalyptic series marks the cable network’s second-largest debut after House of the Dragon’s historic 9.986M viewership last August

The showrunners (pictured January 9) said in a statement on Tuesday: 'Our focus was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for as big an audience as we could. We are overjoyed to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed The Last of Us into their homes and their hearts'

The showrunners (pictured January 9) said in a statement on Tuesday: ‘Our focus was simply to make the best possible adaptation of this beloved story for as big an audience as we could. We are overjoyed to see how many fans, both old and new, have welcomed The Last of Us into their homes and their hearts’

Anomaly: In it, Joel (Pedro Pascal) is tasked with transporting 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey), who's miraculously immune to the Cordyceps infection, out of a Boston quarantine zone all the way to the West Coast where a cure is being created

Anomaly: In it, Joel (Pedro Pascal) is tasked with transporting 14-year-old Ellie (Bella Ramsey), who’s miraculously immune to the Cordyceps infection, out of a Boston quarantine zone all the way to the West Coast where a cure is being created

Inspired by the real-life ophiocordyceps unilateralis: The parasitic fungal infection killed off 60% of the population and has four stages of infection, which increasingly causes humans to resemble zombie-like monsters that use echolocation

Inspired by the real-life ophiocordyceps unilateralis: The parasitic fungal infection killed off 60% of the population and has four stages of infection, which increasingly causes humans to resemble zombie-like monsters that use echolocation

It takes someone over a decade to reach stage four of the infection where they develop hardened fungal plates, release infectious spores, and are increasingly difficult to kill.

The Last of Us also features Nick Offerman, Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Anna Torv.

It currently has a ‘certified fresh’ 99% critic approval rating (out of 102 reviews) and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Clickers: It takes someone over a decade to reach stage four of the infection where they develop hardened fungal plates, release infectious spores, and are increasingly difficult to kill

Clickers: It takes someone over a decade to reach stage four of the infection where they develop hardened fungal plates, release infectious spores, and are increasingly difficult to kill

'We will never have friends because there are no friends to be had': The Last of Us also features Nick Offerman (pictured), Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Anna Torv

‘We will never have friends because there are no friends to be had’: The Last of Us also features Nick Offerman (pictured), Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Gabriel Luna, Merle Dandridge, and Anna Torv 

It currently has a 'certified fresh' 99% critic approval rating (out of 102 reviews) and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

It currently has a ‘certified fresh’ 99% critic approval rating (out of 102 reviews) and a 96% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes

Source material: The Last of Us is a small-screen adaptation of Naughty Dog's best-selling 2013 motion-capture video game of the same name, which appeared to be heavily inspired by AMC's The Walking Dead and Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 film Children of Men

Source material: The Last of Us is a small-screen adaptation of Naughty Dog’s best-selling 2013 motion-capture video game of the same name, which appeared to be heavily inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead and Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men

The Last of Us is a small-screen adaptation of Naughty Dog’s best-selling 2013 motion-capture video game of the same name, which appeared to be heavily inspired by AMC’s The Walking Dead and Alfonso Cuarón’s 2006 film Children of Men.

‘We are thrilled to see fans of the series and game alike experience this iconic story in a new way, and we extend our gratitude to them for helping to make it a success,’ HBO chairman Casey Bloys said in a statement.

‘Congratulations to Craig, Neil, and the brilliant cast and crew who worked tirelessly to bring this show to life. We look forward to fans around the world enjoying the rest of the season.’

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