Lifetime's Aaliyah Biopic Pulls 3.2 Million Viewers

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Alexandra Shipp stars as Aaliyah in the all-new Lifetime Original Movie, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, premiering Saturday, November 15, at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

The controversial telepic also tops Nielsen's Twitter ratings.

After controversial casting issues and an aggressive promotional campaign, Lifetime's Aaliyah biopic finally hit the air on Saturday night -- and it did pretty well.

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Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B raked in an average 3.2 million viewers during its premiere telecast. That puts it as the No. 2 cable telepic of 2014, behind fellow Lifetime effort Flowers in the Attic. The film was also a hit online. Nielsen Media's mutable Twitter ratings put the pic at the top of its weekly chart, 997,000 tweets and a unique audience of 3.4 million. (Take that, Shondaland.)

Lifetime also fared well in the demographics, skewing young with 1.7 million adults 18-49 and 1.3 million women 18-49.

A companion documentary effort, Beyond the Headlines: Aaliyah, maintained much of the film's momentum with an average 2.7 million viewers.

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.