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'The Normal Heart' ratings solid

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The Sunday premiere of The Normal Heart — Ryan Murphy’s stellar adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the HIV-AIDS crisis in early ’80s New York City  —  was a solid hit for HBO. 

The movie, which starred Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer, averaged 1.4 million viewers across two plays Sunday. The premiere at 9 averaged just under one million viewers, with an additional 434,000 at 11:15.

Its premiere ranks fifth in viewership among the 17 films that HBO has premiered since 2010.