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The Last of Us Tied For Best Pilot Episode Rating Ever (Overtaking Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones)

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HBO premiered the pilot episode of ‘The Last of Us’ this past week and the early reviews are off the charts.

The data analysts at Best Sports Betting Canada have compiled a list of the best pilot episodes ever based on their IMDB rating.

The Last of Us ranks at the top of the list with a 9.4 rating on IMDB, tying Chernobyl, another HBO series, for the highest-rated pilot episode ever.

It also broke the record for the highest-rated opening episode of any video game adaptation, overtaking ‘The Witcher’, Arcane: League of Legends, and Pokémon for the No. 1 spot.

Click to learn more about how HBO’s new hit show is making a name for itself.

‘The Last of Us’ Ties Chernobyl For Highest-Rated Pilot Episode Ever

Just one episode into its first season, HBO’s The Last of Us is already breaking records.

The first episode has been highly-rated by audience members and critics alike. The Last of Us currently owns a 99 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and an average audience score of 96 percent.

At IMDB, over 47,000 users have weighed in on the first episode in less than three days.

The debut earned a stunning 9.4 rating, tying it with Chernobyl for the highest-rated pilot episode ever.

HBO’s new hit TV show also beat out Fargo (9.3), Lost (9.2), The Walking Dead (9.2), and Mr. Robot (9.2) on the list of best pilot episodes ever.

Check out all of the IMDB scores for the top-rated TV show pilot episodes below.

TV Show Pilot

IMDB Score

The Last of Us






The Walking Dead

Mr. Robot


Breaking Bad

Game of Thrones


Twin Peaks

True Detective


The Last of Us Pilot Earns Highest Rating Of Any Video Game Adaptation

Video game adaptations are not always well-received by fans and HBO’s new TV series has been shrouded in controversy since being announced.

Fans of the computer game have expressed concerns surrounding casting, storylines, and changes from the game, however, the show appears to have delivered on all fronts.

Among TV shows that have been adapted from video games, The Last of Us has blown its predecessors out of the water.

The pilot’s current 9.4 rating shattered the previous record of 8.5 held by Arcane: League of Legends and Pokémon for the highest-rated debut ever.

While fans seem to be satisfied for now, some video game series haven’t been so lucky. ‘Resident Evil’ (5.0) and ‘Mortal Kombat’ (6.7) are among the video game adaptations that have the worst IMDB rating.

For a complete breakdown of the top-rated TV shows that are based on video games, check out the list below.

TV Show Pilot

Show Type IMDB Score
The Last of Us Live Action


Arcane: League of Legends

Animation 8.5
Pokémon Animation


The Witcher

Live Action 8.2
The Far Cry Experience Live Action



Animation 8.0
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Animation


Cyberpunk: Edgerunners

Animation 7.8
Street Fighter: Resurrection Live Action



Live Action 7.7
The Cuphead Show Animation


Sonic Prime

Animation 7.4
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist Live Action


Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Live Action 6.8
Mortal Kombat: Conquest Live Action



Live Action 6.6
Dragon Age: Redemption Live Action


Resident Evil

Live Action



The Last of Us Tied For Best Pilot Episode Rating Ever (Overtaking Breaking Bad & Game of Thrones)
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