HBO reported this morning that 559,000 viewers watched Sunday’s debut of Olive Kitteridge, in its 9 PM debut on Sunday. HBO aired the first two episodes of the dysfunctional-marriage miniseries starring Frances McDormand, back to back.
Last May,HBO Films‘ The Normal Heart delivered a solid 1.4 million viewers, but that was across two plays on a Sunday night. Debuting nearly three decades after Larry Kramer’s play premiered off-Broadway, the 9 PM unveiling of the Ryan Murphy-directed project logged an average of slightly less than 1 million viewers, and an additional 434,000 thousand watched at 11:15 PM. That puts it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that have premiered on the network since 2010. Back in March of 2011, the premiere of HBO’s Mildred Pierce — dysfunctional marriage drama starring Kate Winslet — logged 1.3 million viewers.
(For comparison’s sake: In March 2012, Game Change
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