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The controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland was a ratings FLOP for HBO.

The movie attracted just 1.285 million viewers at 8pm on HBO. It was easily beaten by more than a dozen shows - including “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” and “Naked and Afraid.” 

When HBO acquired the film, they thought that it could end up with enough of viewership to be the #1 cable show for the night. They were wrong.

The top rated cable show was “The Walking Dead,” with just 4.7 million viewers, more than 3x what the Michael documentary received.

To give you an idea of how much of a flop it was. Here's how Fox News reports it:

A million more viewers– 2.3 million– tuned into a Hallmark Hall of Fame cable romcom show called “When Calls the Heart,” just to give you an idea. And that was like watching warm milk cool.

Here are the receipts: