“The Last of Us” has made its debut on Nielsen’s weekly streaming top ten list. The post-apocalyptic drama starring Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey came in at the no. 6 spot with 837 million minutes watched for the week of January 16-22, which was the week of episode 1’s debut.
By comparison “House of the Dragon,” another HBO show, only managed to rake in 741 million minutes viewed in that same time spread. Also, those streaming numbers for “The Last of Us” don’t include viewership data from HBO’s linear channel. Nielsen reported that of the 4.7 million viewers who tuned in across all platforms the first night episode 1’s launch, 1.1 million were from the linear HBO channel.
Going by this the show likely garnered around 1 billion minutes viewed overall during its first week, an impressive feat by any standard.
“The Last of Us” is based on Sony Computer Entertainment’s award-winning 2013 video game of the same title. It is the first video game-to-TV adaption from HBO, and has been called one of the greatest such ever made.