The Last of Us heading for new series ahead of finale

The Last of Us continues to impress for HBO.

The cable network announced that The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 8 managed 8.1 million viewers across its linear airing and HBO Max viewing on Sunday.

According to HBO, viewing is based on Nielsen and first-party data.

Compared to the premiere night audience for The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 1 in January, the number of viewers increased by 74%.

HBO noted that the average audience for the first five episodes of The Last of Us Season 1 is now reaching 30 million viewers across all platforms.

Taking Em - The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 8

The series is a real hit and the viewership growth in the first season has been impressive.

It makes you wonder how big the numbers will be for The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 9 – and beyond.

Yes, The Last of Us has been renewed for Season 2, so this journey isn’t ending anytime soon.

The series from co-creators Craig Mazin (Emmy® Award-winning creator of HBO’s Chernobyl) and Neil Druckmann (creator and writer of the award-winning The Last of Us franchise and Naughty Dog co-chairman) marks HBO’s second-highest debut, only House Off the back of the dragon.

Listening - The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 8

“Craig and Neil, along with EP Carolyn Strauss, and the rest of our extraordinary cast and crew, have defined a genre with their stunning debut season of The Last of Us,” said Francesca Orsi, Executive Vice President, HBO Programming Head said. HBO Drama Series and Films’ Jab renewed the show in January.

“After completing this unforgettable first season, I can’t wait for this team to outdo themselves again with season two.”

Executive producer Neil Druckmann said, “I am humbled, honored and frankly overwhelmed that so many people have seen and connected with our retelling of Joel and Ellie’s journey.”

“The collaboration with Craig Mazin, our incredible cast and crew, and HBO exceeded my already high expectations.”

Will Joel survive? - The Last of Us Season 1 Episode 8

“We now have the absolute pleasure of being able to do it again with season two! On behalf of Naughty Dog and everyone at PlayStation, thank you!”

“I’m so grateful to Neil Druckmann and HBO for our partnership, and I’m even more grateful to the millions of people who have joined us on this journey,” said executive producer Craig Mazin.

“The audience has given us the chance to continue, and as a fan of the characters and the world that Neill and Naughty Dog have created, I couldn’t be more ready to dive back in.”

What are your thoughts on the numbers?

Paul Daly is the Associate Editor of TV Fanatic. follow him Twitter,

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