TVLine Items: Normal Heart Ratings, POTUS to Visit Kelly and Michael, a Queer Comeback and More

The Normal Heart Ratings

HBO’s The Normal Heart drew a solid 1.4 million viewers across two airings on Sunday night, the cabler announced on Tuesday.

The Ryan Murphy-helmed pic’s premiere at 9 pm averaged just under one million viewers, making it fifth in viewership among the 17 HBO Films that have debuted on the network since 2010.

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* POTUS Barack Obama will make his first appearance on Live With Kelly and Michael this Friday, May 30.

* In honor of Gay Pride Month, Showtime Showcase will reair all the seasons of Queer as Folk and The L Word beginning in June.

* ABC Family has made the series premiere of its new drama Chasing Life available for free via its WATCH ABC Family app through Monday, June 9, and on demand starting June 3. The show, about an aspiring journalist (played by Unnatural History‘s Italia Ricci) who finds out she has terminal cancer, debuts June 10 at 9/8c on the network.

* The 68th Annual Tony Awards have tapped a bevy of famous faces to present at the show, airing June 8 at 8 pm on CBS: Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, Lucy Liu, Kate Mara, Tony nominee Audra McDonald, Leighton Meester, Alessandro Nivola, Zachary Quinto, Emmy Rossum and Liev Schreiber.

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  1. abz says:

    I hope Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer are recognized for their performances. They truly stood in a cast that was already great.

    • Steph says:

      Emmy voters are whores for movie stars, which means Roberts and Ruffalo are guaranteed nominations at least. If Roberts could be nominated for Guest Actress for a nothing stint on Law & Order, she will definitely be nominated for this.

  2. Miffay says:

    1 million viewers is not “solid”. It stinks. The Liberace movie had mor than twice the number in its original viewing.

  3. Zoe says:

    -agressively throws Emmys at everyone involved with The Normal Heart-

  4. CC says:

    I really hope Taylor Kitsch gets nominated for an Emmy. Bruce was such a sad character and he really portrayed that well.

  5. Jared says:

    Although the whole cast of The Normal Heart was great, Taylor Kitsch really impressed me.

  6. Rita says:

    I just got through watching “The Normal Heart” great performances, Taylor, Matt B.and I loved Mark Ruffalo.