Although it wasn’t a mega-hit ratings-wise, “Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B” definitely delivered for Lifetime during their Saturday premiere. According to Deadline, the two-hour made-for-television special covering the life of the R&B’s princess whose sudden death shocked America when she died in a fatal plane crash in 2001, drew 3.2 million viewers on Nov. 15. Among adults 18-49, the Aaliyah movie pulled in 1.7 million viewers for Lifetime.
And while the premiere flatlined for social media [aside from its 997,000 tweets], there was a silver lining as all the buzz surrounding the flick is responsible for making it the No. 2 cable telepic of 2014, behind Lifetime’s powerhouse “Flowers in the Attic,” which aired on Jan. 18. Overall, “Flowers in the Attic” brought in 6.1 million viewers with 2.4 million adults 18-49 watching.
Congrats to Lifetime, Wendy Williams and Alexandra Shipp on the success of the Aaliyah story. What did you think of Aaliyah’s biopic overall? – ruu hawkins