Wendy Was Right: “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” Rakes In 3.2 Million Viewers And Is A Big Hit Despite Being Terrible
I’m pretty sure that the people behind “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B” had no intention to make the biopic good. They just wanted to put out trailer after trailer, picture after picture and entice die-hard Aaliyah fans to give it a try, and they knew everyone would be talking about it. Hell, they didn’t even have rights to Aaliyah’s music, so that should have been a huge red flag. But controversy definitely brings big ratings, and I guess Wendy Williams was right:
“E’rybody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched.”
According to Shadow and Act, the Lifetime original movie pulled in 3.2 million viewers during its world premiere on Saturday. It was 2014’s second-highest rated TV movie, coming in after Lifetime’s other big hit, “Flowers in the Attic.” According to S&A, “Aaliyah” was #1 in Google Trends and was a top trender on Twitter on Saturday night. And let’s not forget that the documentary Lifetime aired after the biopic, “Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah,” also did really good, bringing in 2.7 million viewers.
So in the effort to damn the movie to hell through verbal lashing, everyone on Twitter ended up giving Lifetime and Wendy Williams what they wanted–a hit.