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Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ Is the Highest Rated HBO Movie Since 2004

Steven Soderbergh's 'Behind the Candelabra' Is the Highest Rated HBO Movie Since 2004

The premiere of Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated Liberace biopic “Behind The Candelabra” was a huge ratings success for HBO, giving the network its best ratings for a TV movie since 2004.

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“Candelabra” — which stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival — was watched by 2.4 million viewers Sunday night at 9pm. The last time an HBO movie managed that feat was Alan Rickman-Mos Def starrer “Something The Lord Made,” about the black cardiac pioneer Vivien Thomas and his partnership with white surgeon Alfred Blalock, a pioneer of modern heart surgery. “Lord” found 2.6 million viewers at the time.

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Comparably, recent HBO biopic “Phil Spector” — featuring a similar starry cast in Al Pacino and Helen Mirren — was watched by just 754,000 people in its first airing.

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