HBO’s ‘Normal Heart’ Draws Nearly 1 Million Viewers in First Airing Sunday

HBO's 'Normal Heart' Draws Nearly 1

The Normal Heart” premiered Sunday to above-average numbers for an original HBO movie, drawing nearly 1 million viewers for its initial telecast, according to Nielsen estimates.

The adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the early days of the AIDS epidemic also drew about 435,000 viewers for a repeat later that night, bringing its total to about 1.4 million. That places it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that premiered on the network since 2010.

The recent ratings champ for an HBO Film was last year’s “Behind the Candelabra,” whose 2.39 million viewers on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend made it the premium cabler’s most watched original film in nine years. In 2012, “Game Change” drew 2.12 million.

“Normal Heart” was directed by Ryan Murphy and starred Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts.


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  1. Troy Feltes says:

    Normal Heat is a movie that portrays an invitation into a world that has been forgotten in the 1980’s . It represents a time in life that had been under a great turmoil .
    The movie was far from transparent in its gravity on how it all happened .

  2. Amy Pond in the TARDIS says:

    Every site is saying how “solid” these ratings are. Who is everyone trying to kid? Under a million in the initial airing? They promoted the heck out of this thing, you have Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts, not to mention a well known cast besides (Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons), AND THEY COULDN’T BREAK ONE MILLION VIEWERS?? That’s absolutely terrible, and no one is calling them on it.

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