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HBO's 'Mildred Pierce' with Kate Winslet opens to disappointing ratings

March 29, 2011 | 11:47 am

Katewinslet HBO had Oscar winner Kate Winslet and some good reviews, but that wasn't enough to turn "Mildred Pierce" into a ratings star.

Sunday's premiere of the miniseries -- based on James M. Cain's 1941 novel about the travails of a Depression-era housewife -- delivered just 1.3 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co.

That was on the low end for a HBO miniseries. The historical drama "John Adams" premiered to 2.5 million viewers back in 2008. "Mildred Pierce" was on par with "Generation Kill," the 2008 miniseries about the Iraq war, which featured no big-name stars.

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Photo: Kate Winslet in "Mildred Pierce." CredIt: Andrew Schwartz / HBO