THE NORMAL HEART Is #5 Highest Rated HBO Movie Since 2010
The hotly anticipated HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's acclaimed Tony Award-winning play THE NORMAL HEART, directed by Ryan Murphy, managed a considerable success airing over Memorial Day weekend, nabbing 1.4 million viewers for its first two airings.
THE NORMAL HEART now ranks as the #5 most-viewed TV movie of the 17 that have aired on the pay cable station since 2010.
Of note, these numbers do not take into account HBO GO, On Demand or DVR viewings, which will be made available at a later time than usual due to the holiday.
The official description of The Normal Heart on HBO is as follows: "Directed by Emmy winner Ryan Murphy ("Eat Pray Love," "Glee") and written by Academy Award nominee Larry Kramer ("Women in Love"), adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS Crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. The film also stars Alfred Molina ("An Education"), Tony Award winner Joe Mantello ("Law & Order"), Jonathan Groff(HBO's "Looking"), Denis O'Hare (HBO's "True Blood"), Stephen Spinella ("Milk"), Corey Stoll ("House of Cards"),Finn Wittrock ("Unbroken") and BD Wong (HBO's "Oz"). An HBO Films presentation of a Plan B and Blumhouse production in association with Ryan Murphy Productions, The Normal Heart is executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Dante Di Loreto ("Glee"), Jason Blum (the "Paranormal Activity" series), Brad Pitt ("Moneyball"), Dede Gardner ("12 Years a Slave"). Mark Ruffalo co-executive produces; Scott Ferguson (HBO's "Temple Grandin") produces."
THE NORMAL HEART aired May 25 at 9 PM on HBO.
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