Last Saturday evening, an impressive 6.1 million viewers tuned in to Lifetime to watch disturbing family drama unfold in the TV movie, ‘Flowers in the Attic.’
Based on the 1979 then-controversial book by V.C. Andrews, the network’s original production featuring Heather Graham and Ellen Burstyn also netted roughly 2.1 million adults in the key 18-49 demographic. Women ages 25-54 made up 2 million viewers.
What’s more, as per SocialGuide, the program was the night’s second-most tweeted television event, following the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
According to the network, it was also the most-watched original movie on Lifetime since November 2012. While reviews were less than stellar, including one by this author, the success bodes well for the network as even before the movie aired, they were already in the works for a sequel. ‘Petals in the Wind,’ the second book in the series featuring the Dollangerer children, is currently in development.
‘Flowers’ follows the four youngsters as they are stowed away by their opportunistic mother and cold-hearted grandmother in an expansive mansion following their mother’s bankruptcy. It is all a plot to secure a fortunate left by their dying grandfather, who cannot know of the children’s existence. While secluded, they are forced to fend and mature for themselves.
In case you missed it the first time, you can catch an encore presentation of the adaptation this Saturday at 10/9c. It will follow the premiere at 8/7c of another highly-touted original movie, ‘Lizzie Borden Took an Axe,’ starring Christina Ricci in the murderous title role.