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Lifetime's Aaliyah movie was a hit despite backlash

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You might not have liked it very much. But Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic delivered a pretty big audience, especially for a Saturday night.

Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B had 3.2 million viewers and 1.7 million adults 18-49. That makes it the No. 2 TV movie of the year in the adult demo behind Lifetime’s own Flowers in the Attic, which aired back in January. (And it means Aaliyah out-delivered the Flowers sequel, Petals in the Wind, though not among total viewers.)

Executive producer Wendy Williams reportedly responded to the scorn on her show: “I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second-highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far.”

The post-film documentary Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah was also strong with 2.7 million viewers. Lifetime will repeat Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B tonight at 8 p.m., but lower your expectations: EW gave it a “C” grade, and Twitter users were rather harsh.