Despite the obvious issues many have with it, Lifetime's "Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B" was a major success for the network and producers, including Wendy Williams.
"The Lifetime Original Movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B delivered 3.2 million Total Viewers in its world premiere Saturday night. Starring Alexandra Shipp as the beloved actress and music sensation, the movie also averaged 1.7 million Adults 18-49 viewers, 1.6 million Adults 25-54 viewers, 1.3 million Women 18-49 viewers and 1.2 million Women 25-54 viewers at 8:00pm, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. Among Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B ranks as this year’s #2 movie telecast on cable, behind Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic," reports Lifetime.
Immediately following the movie at 10:00pm ET/PT, the hour-long documentary Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah (which was more compelling) 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.
In related news, Timbaland called in to Hot 97 to discuss the movie with Ebro, at one point calling it a "mockery". Listen to that interview via the clip below.
"I don't have no control. I'm just really hired help. We became close. We became a family… That don't mean that I can control how to do things…." — Timbaland.