Lifetime delivered ratings gold reaching 9.4 million viewers with the Lifetime Original Movie “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” and the documentary “Beyond the Headlines: Michel’le” across all weekend telecasts.
On its Saturday night premiere, “Surviving Compton” attracted an average of 2.3 million total viewers and was cable’s #1 entertainment telecast (excluding sports) among total viewers, Adults 25-54 (1.2 million), Women 25-54 (934,000), Adults 18-49 (1.1 million) and Women 18-49 (836,000), according to Nielsen Media Research.
Additionally, “Surviving Compton” was the #1 most social TV program (excluding sports) on the day of premiere with 216,000 unique people generating 506,000 interactions across Facebook and Twitter. “Surviving Compton” was the #1 most social movie of the weekend with a total of 573,000 interactions.
Saturday’s premiere of the one-hour documentary “Beyond the Headlines: Michel’le” averaged 1.9 million total viewers, retaining 83% of its “Surviving Compton” lead-in.
Based on the life story of celebrated hip-hop recording artist Michel’le, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” tells the story of the first lady of Ruthless Records, who triumphed over a life riddled with abuse and adversity. The movie stars Rhyon Nicole Brown as Michel’le, newcomer Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre and R. Marcos Taylor, who reprises his role as Suge Knight after having starred as the music executive in last year’s feature film, “Straight Outta Compton.” Jamie Kennedy also stars as music manager Jerry Heller.
“Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” is produced for Lifetime by Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media. Leslie Greif executive produces. The film also furthers Lifetime’s Broad Focus mission of hiring and supporting female creatives behind the camera, with writing by Dianne Houston, directing by Janice Cooke, costumes by Jonetta Boon, casting by Fern Champion, Leah Daniels and Sharon Lieblein, and composing by Kathryn Bostic, among others.