“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.
After swooping in with a solid debut in Live+3, the CW’s “Batwoman” doubled in week 2 after three days of delayed viewing to a 0.6 rating from a 0.3. That figures is still down a 0.1 ratings point on the tally from its premiere. “This Is Us” finished as the top scripted show in Live+3, [...]
“Cowboy Bebop” star John Cho sustained a knee injury on the set of the live-action Netflix series while filming in New Zealand in October, Variety has learned, leading to a 7-9 month break in production. While the nature of the incident that led to the injury is not altogether clear, it occurred during a rehearsed [...]
In today’s TV news roundup, NBC announced the “Making It” Season 2 premiere date and HBO Max greenlit a new docuseries from Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti. DATES Hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman will return with the second season of “Making It” on NBC Dec. 2. After the show’s holiday season premiere, the show [...]
Music is an ever-evolving art, and for the Latin Recording Academy, that’s meant riding multiple waves of attention. The most recent arrived with the stratospheric success of “Despacito,” which kicked off a second Latin Explosion with full force in 2017. The Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee hit, later featuring verses by Justin Bieber, made Latin [...]
For some, “Dame Helen Mirren playing the Catherine the Great” is all the convincing they’ll need to watch this new biographical limited series, which is perfectly understandable. The casting of Mirren in the role, which follows the Russian empress in the embattled latter years of her life, is a smart choice that proves its worth [...]
The idea of creating a separate organization to honor the diversity of Latin music was a discussion that took place for years before it actually happened, but an event driven by one of pop music’s most important crossover artists solidified it. During the 41st Grammy Awards ceremony, a young Ricky Martin was scheduled to perform [...]
Disney Plus further fleshed out its nonfiction content slate at an International Documentary Association showcase event Friday, as the streamer, preparing for its Nov. 12 launch, continues to flesh out its programming strategy. Among the announcements: The streamer has acquired the global distribution rights to “Howard,” the Don Hahn-directed documentary about “Aladdin” and “Beauty and [...]