TV ratings: 'The Normal Heart' gets solid numbers, 'Petals on the Wind' below 'Flowers in the Attic'

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Two big TV movies aired on cable over the Memorial Day weekend: "The Normal Heart" on HBO and "Petals on the Wind" on Lifetime. How were their ratings?

"Petals on the Wind" had the higher numbers on Sunday (May 25) evening, with 3.4 million total viewers tuning in for the "Flowers in the Attic" sequel. This represents a steep drop from January's broadcast of "Flowers," which was watched by 6.1 million viewers. Within the 3.4 million, "Petals on the Wind" got 1.5 million adults in the 18-49 demo -- a 36-percent increase on the average Lifetime movie ratings.

Despite the drop, these numbers represent a solid night for Lifetime, which bodes well for further movies based on V.C. Andrews books. Yet to be adapted in the series are "If There Be Thorns," "Seeds of Yesterday" and "Garden of Shadows."

Over on HBO, "The Normal Heart" got smaller overall numbers -- 1.4 million viewers over two Sunday-night broadcasts -- but those represent a more solid showing on the pay-cable network. Based on the 1985 stage play of the same name, "The Normal Heart" follows the early years of the AIDS crisis and stars Matt Bomer, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts and Taylor Kitsch.
Photo/Video credit: Lifetime, HBO