HBO’s AIDS Drama, “The Normal Heart,” starring Mark Ruffalo and a star-studded ensemble cast attracted 1.4 million viewers for its premiere airing Sunday at 9 p.m.
An additional 434,000 viewers watched the movie’s repeat later that night at 11:15 p.m.
HBO considers the number “solid” for the Memorial Day weekend airing of the movie. In contrast, the network’s award-winning movie “Behind the Candelabra” drew 2.4 million viewers when it premiered over the holiday weekend a year ago on May 26.
The premiere of “The Normal Heart,” which portrays the work of a group of New Yorkers who set out to find answers about a deadly disease affecting the gay community, ranks fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that premiered on the network since 2010.