HBO’s Last of Us Ratings Continue to Rise With Episode 4

Melanie Lynskey in the fourth episode of The Last of Us

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HBO’s The last of us might be step aside for the superbowl (watch the next episode this Friday instead of the usual Sunday) but it’s still going to be a force of nature in terms of ratings. After the big buzz around episode three, episode four with the highest numbers ever.

According to an HBO press release, episode four, “Please Hold to My Hand,” “delivered another series high Sunday night with 7.5 million viewers on HBO Max and linear TV shows. Viewership increased 17% from last Sunday’s episode 3 and 60% from series debut night in January…tThe series has been expanding its audience with the release of new episodes every Sunday night.” Which the press release doesn’t mention, though Variety’s post in the news is that the Grammys – which had their best show in three years with 12.4 million viewers –aired opposite the latest episode of The last of us. Even with the music awards in the picture, the apocalyptic Pedro Pascal-Bella Ramsey The horror series based on the PlayStation game was able to increase its viewership.

you have to think the power of linda ronstadt had something to do with it – or at least all the strong emotions that the much-discussed “Long, Long Time” evoked third episode of the series. You have to imagine that curious onlookers heard about it Episode, caught up with the series and then watched it Episode four once it’s streamed. As previously mentioned, this week is a bit strange for The last of us– Episode five will be debuting early on HBO Max and HBO On Demand starting Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET/6:00 p.m. PT to stay ahead of the Superbowl, although it also airs on HBO on its usual Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Then, for episode six, it’s back to Sunday nights until the final on December 12.

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