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Audiences for The Last Of Us surge for third week in a row – Deadline

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The last of us doesn’t seem to be running out of steam anytime soon. On Sunday, 6.4 million people tuned in to watch the third episode of the post-apocalyptic series on HBO and HBO Max, according to Nielsen and first-party data.

That’s a 12% increase over last week’s viewership, which had already set a record for the strongest Week 2 viewership growth for an HBO Original drama series in network history. Sunday’s viewership was also up 37% from the series premiere, which was watched the same day by 4.7 million people.

It only took two episodes for HBO to renew the series for a second season. It was an anticipated film, given that the first episode marked the second biggest premiere after Dragon House because Boardwalk Empire’s launch in 2010.

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The first two episodes of The last of us averaged 21.3 million viewers. With that, HBO now has four ongoing series that have cross-platform audiences averaging over 15 million viewers per episode. This marks the first time that HBO has multiple current series drawing over 15 million viewers at once across all genres.

Dragon House Season 1 is the best performing, averaging 29 million viewers per episode. The last of us comes just behind with 21.3M. Euphoria Season 2 averages 19.5 million per episode, and The White Lotus is up to 15.5M.

The last of us, based on the PlayStation game, is set 20 years after the destruction of modern civilization. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to rescue 14-year-old Ellie from an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts out as a small job quickly becomes a brutal journey as they both have to cross the United States and depend on each other for their survival.

It stars Pascal, Bella Ramsey, Gabriel Luna, Anna Torv, Nico Parker, Murray Bartlett and Nick Offerman as well as Melanie Lynskey, Storm Reid, Merle Dandridge, Jeffrey Pierce, Lamar Johnson, Keivonn Woodard, Graham Greene, Elaine Miles, Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker.

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