Lifetime's 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B' Is Number Two Cable Telepic of 2014 - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Despite strong opinions—many negative—about Lifetime’s Wendy Williams-produced Aaliyah biopic, the film took the No. 2 spot in ratings for cable telepics of 2014, according to reportsAaliyah: The Princess of R&B averaged 3.2 million viewers during its premiere Saturday, Nov. 15, putting it in the No. 2 spot behind Flowers in the Attic, another Lifetime film.

Also, according to reports, Nielsen Media’s Twitter ratings show the film at the top of its weekly chart, with 997,000 tweets and 3.4 million in those unique audience numbers.

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

Williams has stood behind the film despite backlash from fans, celebrities and the family of the platinum-selling star. She told the AP: “I think when you do a movie about people’s favorite, whoever that favorite is, people are always going to have some criticism,” she told the AP. “You really can’t win for losing, kind of sort of.”



Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.