Wednesday, May 29, 2013

HBO gets biggest debut in almost 10 years with "Behind the Candelabra"

According to EW, HBO had it's biggest movie debut in almost a decade with Behind the Candelabra this past Sunday night:

The Steven Soderbergh film delivered 2.4 million viewers in its first airing, making it the most-watched HBO Film title in almost a decade (since 2004′s Something the Lord Made).

Across two Sunday plays, Candelabra totaled 3.5 million viewers.

The performance is especially impressive coming on Memorial Day weekend, when TV viewing levels typically decline several percent. Compare Candelabra‘s performance to HBO’s previous recent record-setter Game Change, which had 2.1 million viewers for its Saturday night debut last year.

It's worth noting that director Steven Soderbergh has said no major studio would make the film as it was perceived to be "too gay." A $5 million film with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon almost didn't get made?

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