'Aaliyah' Movie Draws 3.2 Million Viewers

Lifetime’s original movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B garnered 3.2 million viewers in its Saturday night debut, the network said Monday.

The movie, which chronicled the life and death of 1990s R&B music singer Aaliyah Haughton, also drew 1.7 million adult 18-49 viewers and 1.6 million adult 25-54 viewers. In addition, the movie also generated 1.3 million women 18-49 and 1.2 million viewers in the network’s targeted female 25-54 demo.

 Among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B ranks as this year’s second most watched movie telecast on cable, behind Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic.

Immediately following Saturday’s movie premiere, the network’s one-hour documentary Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah delivered 2.7 million Total Viewers, 1.4 million Adults 18-49 viewers, 1.3 million Adults 25-54 viewers, 1.1 million Women 18-49 viewers and 1.0 million Women 25-54 viewers.

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