HBO's The Normal Heart brought in 1.4 million viewers on Sunday night, making it the fifth-biggest debut of the 17 films HBO has created since 2010, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy directed the adaptation of Larry Kramer's award-winning 1985 play, which followed the early days of the AIDS crisis in New York City and starred Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Julia Roberts.
Just under 1 million people watched the first screening at 9 p.m., while more than 400,000 viewers tuned in for a second broadcast later that night. The total audience for the film is expected to spike once time-shifted viewings and HBO Go users are factored in.
Watch TIME's interview with Kitsch above.