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May 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Aided by solid reviews earlier in the week at the Cannes Film Festival, where it participated in the competition, director Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra produced the highest ratings for an HBO original movie in nine years. The first screening of the movie attracted 2.4 million viewers; a second, immediately afterwards, attracted an additional 1.1 million. In 2004, Something the Lord Made counted 2.6 million viewers when it debuted. An HBO news release announcing Sunday’s results began, “Behind the Candelabra performs grandly.” By comparison, HBO’s last original movie, Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino, only drew 754,000 viewers. Although Candelabra, which stars Michael Douglas as the late entertainer Liberace and Matt Damon as his young lover Scott Thorson, was screened only on the pay-TV channel in the U.S. and Canada, it is due to be released theatrically overseas (although no date has yet been announced).