20 June 2024
The Last Of Us Season 1 , episode 9

The Last of Us takes place 20 years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel, a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie, a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal and heartbreaking journey as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

Record UK Viewing Figures For The Last Of Us Finale

The last episode of the critically acclaimed series, The Last of Us, has received the biggest audience ever for a first-series US drama finale on Sky. Captivating viewers, the concluding episode has reached over 3.1 million UK viewers to date reflected in the 7-day cumulative audience figure**.

Viewers of The Last of Us were hooked, with typically a third of fans watching the show within the first 24 hours of episodes airing on Sky**. The official Sky Atlantic overnight ratings reported 1.2 million** viewers – this exceeded the viewership of the Love Island Finale which aired on the same night. With its growing success, the 3.1 million 7-day cumulative figure has also surpassed the audience for the finale of House of the Dragon.

The Last of Us has gripped the nation with thousands of fans wanting to know more about the potential implication of Cordyceps – a real world fungi – developing a fungal pandemic. The topic has sparked over 11,000 news articles since the first episode aired and 27,000 views of The Last of Us Wiki page over the last 28 days***.

Zai Bennett MD of Content at Sky said: “I’m blown away by the overwhelming response we have had to The Last Of Us. The Sky Atlantic series really has broken new ground with its storytelling and you can really see the impact the show has had with its contribution to a national conversation. It has inspired, challenged, and captivated fans and critics alike.”

Episode Three, which received rave reviews from critics, resulted in the song that closed the show – Linda Ronstadt’s ‘Long, Long Time’ – seeing a 4,900% uplift in streams and charting for the first time in 50 years*****.

The Last of Us has been renewed for a second season and viewers can catch up with the entirety of Season One on demand via Sky and streaming service NOW with an Entertainment Membership.

Data Sources:
*Google Trends data
**BARB and Sky data
***Meltwater analysis and Sky data
****This is compared to other clips of the same series that are in the low millions
*****On Sunday 29 January between 11pm and midnight ET – according to Spotify

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