Lifetime’s Anna Nicole Smith movie proved to be a pretty big hit for the cable network.
The latest biopic about the model’s tragic life debuted on Saturday. Approximately 3.3 million viewers tuned in to see Hollywood’s latest attempt to tell Smith’s story.
According to The Wrap, the Anna Nicole Smith flick performed very well with adults between the ages of 18 and 49. Around 1.4 million viewers in this demographic watched the biopic on Lifetime, giving the network its biggest ratings since premiering an updated version of Steel Magnolias.
Director Mary Harron’s Anna Nicole lured in a few more viewers than the recently-aired Jodi Arias biopic Dirty Little Secret. Unfortunately, Lifetime’s tale about Smith’s rise and fall couldn’t beat last year’s Lindsay Lohan movie Liz & Dick.
For a Lifetime movie, Anna Nicole sports a surprisingly strong group of actors and actresses. In addition to star Agnes Bruckner, the film features Martin Landau, Virginia Madsen, Adam Goldberg, and Cary Elwes.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Harron’s biopic ended up breaking a few records when it debuted on the network over the weekend. Anna Nicole currently holds the record for this year’s top cable movie premiere. The flick was particularly popular with female viewers and adults.
Of course, this isn’t the first time someone has attempted to tell a cinematic version of Anna Nicole Smith’s story. Director Keoni Waxman previously chronicled the model’s life in the 2007 flick Anna Nicole starring Willa Ford.
Although the film received a fair amount of coverage when it was being filmed, the movie sat on a shelf for around two years after it was completed. The project still remains largely unseen due to an overall lack of promotion from its distributor.
What did viewers think of Mary Harron’s movie? You can find some Twitter reactions below.
— Agnes Bruckner (@agnesbruckner1) July 2, 2013
i think we all owe anna nicole an apology
— victoria (@theblowout) July 2, 2013
Am I surprised Martin Landau is in this Anna Nicole movie? Well, one time he talked to me for 20 minutes in the parking lot of a DMV.
— David Stassen (@davidstassen) July 2, 2013
If you get the chance to watch the #AnnaNicole film on the menopause channel, I totally suggest you do so. Pretty crazy story.
— Dallas Latos (@DallasLatos) July 2, 2013
Deng, this Anna Nicole movie is making me cry already.
— ♡ anally ♡ (@giselleabadeer) July 2, 2013
Did you watch the Anna Nicole Smith movie over the weekend? What did you think about it?