The Last of Us is beating House of the Dragon on HBO

Unfortunately, making way for this year's Super Bowl stopped The Last of Us' seemingly unstoppable upwards viewership trend.

Apparently, the live-action adaptation of The Last of Us on HBO isn't playing catch-up to House of the Dragon. Instead, it's the other way around.

HBO's The Last of Us has proven that video game adaptations can succeed if given the right amount of support.

Nielsen confirms that HBO's The Last of Us saw a total of 837 million minutes viewed from January 22 through 27, which is more than the 741 million minutes of watch time House of the Dragon had last year.

Considering that the viewing figures for The Last of Us have grown every week since its first episode premiered, it wouldn't surprise us if the TV adaptation ends up usurping the top spot from the likes of Ginny & Georgia, which enjoyed a huge 1.804 billion minutes of watch time across both seasons.

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Arguably, the only bad thing that's happened to HBO's The Last of Us is its four-week streak coming to an end but it's not like it was its own fault. HBO was wise to avoid airing Episode 5 at the same time as Super Bowl LVII last Sunday night and the week-to-week jump was always bound to end.

Because The Last of Us' fifth episode premiered on Friday instead of its usual slot on Sunday, more than half of the people who tuned in to Episode 4 couldn't make it. But, if it's any consolation, Episodes 6 through 9 will be out as intended.

The Last of Us Episode 5 could have kept up the series' viewership trend if its premiere wasn't moved two days earlier.

Speaking of The Last of Us, the show's source material, The Last of Us video game series, is expected to get a third game for the PlayStation 6 sometime later this decade.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.