Game Change Draws Biggest HBO Audience Since 2004

An average of 2.1M viewers watched premiere

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2012 4:00 AM CDT

(Newser) Love it or hate it, you can't argue that Game Change was a good move for HBO: The movie debuted Saturday to an average of 2.1 million viewers, the largest audience for an original-film premiere on the channel in nearly eight years. A total of 3.6 million viewers watched its four showings over the weekend, BusinessWeek reports. The film, which charted Sarah Palin's rise, was based on portions of Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's book of the same name.

In this undated image released by HBO, Ed Harris portrays Arizona Sen. John McCain, left, and Julianne Moore portrays Sarah Palin, in a scene from Game Change.
In this undated image released by HBO, Ed Harris portrays Arizona Sen. John McCain, left, and Julianne Moore portrays Sarah Palin, in a scene from "Game Change."   (AP Photo/HBO, Phil Caruso)
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