The third episode of HBO’s The Final of Us delivered one other week of scores progress.
Sunday’s installment introduced in 6.4 million cross-platform viewers, up from 5.7 million the earlier week and 4.7 million for its Jan. 15 premiere. The uptick on Sunday got here regardless of the episode debuting similtaneously the vastly watched AFC Championship recreation on CBS.
HBO additionally says that 4 of its present collection, together with The Final of Us, have averaged greater than 15 million viewers for his or her most up-to-date seasons.
The Final of Us‘ third episode took a detour from central characters Joel and Ellie (Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey) to inform the story of Invoice (Nick Offerman) and Frank (Murray Bartlett), who keep a 20-year romantic relationship even because the world falls aside. “There are these extremely tender and genuine human scenes within the midst of this monstrous world,” Bartlett advised Latest Hollywood News in regards to the episode.
The collection’ first two installments are averaging 21.3 million viewers to this point throughout all platforms, per HBO — with the nice majority of that coming from streaming on HBO Max (HBO doesn’t launch detailed streaming figures, however with a first-night, on-air viewers of solely about 610,000 folks, the mathematics tilts closely towards streaming). HBO has already renewed The Final of Us for a second season.
The drama joins season certainly one of Home of the Dragon (29 million viewers) and the latest seasons of Euphoria (19.5 million) and The White Lotus (15.5 million) in averaging above 15 million viewers per episode over the course of their runs — the primary time HBO has had that many exhibits throughout all genres drawing audiences of that measurement.
By comparability, in its pre-streaming heyday in 2002, the fourth season of The Sopranos pulled in an estimated 18.2 million viewers per episode (together with delayed and on-demand viewing). That very same 12 months, season 5 of Intercourse and the Metropolis averaged 13.8 million viewers and season two of Six Toes Beneath, 12.1 million.