The premiere of HBO’s The Last of Us has actually formally passed House of the Dragon‘s launching in streaming figures. Based on the seriously well-known 2013 computer game of the very same name, The Last of Us premiered on January 15 and rapidly ended up being HBO’s newest buzzy program. Prior to the post-apocalyptic zombie series, HBO launched the similarly popular House of the Dragon, a prequel to Game of Thrones, in August 2022. To date, House of the Dragon had HBO’s greatest series launching, with 10 million audiences globally tuning in to enjoy the premiere episode.
In the most recent numbers from Nielsen, it has actually been verified that The Last of Us episode 1 was a larger hit than House of the Dragon‘s, a minimum of when it pertains to streaming.
— Nielsen (@nielsen) February 16, 2023
The Last of Us struck the Nielsen streaming charts at number 6 for the week of January 16 to January 22, the very first complete week after its premiere, with 837 million minutes seen. In the very same period of time after its premiere, House of the Dragon accumulated just 741 million minutes seen (per Deadline).
HBO’s Continued Streaming Success
According to HBO, The Last of Us has actually seen regularly high viewership for each episode considering that the program’s release, with the very first 2 episodes balancing around 21.3 million audiences throughout all platforms. These streaming numbers just consist of those tuning in to The Last of Us on HBO Max, and not viewership on cable. The zombie series is the only HBO Max program to make it onto the leading 10 total Nielsen streaming chart for January 16 to 22, with the remainder of the list being controlled by Netflix shows.
Both The Last of Us and House of the Dragon have actually been significant successes for HBO. The Last of Us has actually been growing in viewership numbers by the episode, and while House of the Dragon started to see a drop-off after episode 2, it later on rebounded. Although the Game of Thrones prequel still has the bigger viewership numbers in overall, The Last of Us appears to be discovering its footing more sturdily through streaming services instead of on live tv, as the Nielsen statistics show. Both series have actually ended up being seriously well-known, spelling success for both HBO and HBO Max.
With 4 more episodes of The Last of Us still to come, it will still be a long time prior to the program’s complete procedure of success is exposed. However, if the very first complete week of the program’s release alone is any sign, The Last of Us might end up being as effective as HBO’s latest crowning gem, Game ofThrones Whether viewership numbers will change in the coming weeks is still to be seen, however with The Last of Us currently restored for season 2, it promises the program will do excellent things for the network.
Source: Nielsen, Deadline