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

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire May 28, 2013 at 2:16PM

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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Behind The Candelabra

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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