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HBO's Sarah Palin film 'Game Change' wins big ratings

March 13, 2012 | 12:00 pm

HBO's "Game Change"Were the ratings for HBO's "Game Change" darned nice? You betcha.

The made-for-TV movie about the 2008 presidential campaign and the rise of Sarah Palin (played by Julianne Moore) delivered 2.1 million total viewers in its Saturday premiere, according to Nielsen.

That may not sound like a lot of voters -- er, viewers -- but it was a pretty good showing for a premium cable network on the slowest TV night of the week.

HBO said "Game Change" had the highest ratings for any made-for-TV movie on the network since the 2004 premiere of "Something the Lord Made" (2.6 million).

HBO played "Game Change" a total of four times over the weekend, and it gathered a total audience of 3.6 million viewers.

Palin supporters sharply criticized "Game Change" as a fictionalized portrait designed to embarrass the former vice presidential candidate, but HBO claimed the movie offered a balanced portrait.

What did you think of the movie?


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Photo: Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson starred in HBO's controversial "Game Change." Credit: Phil Caruso / HBO