Lifetime's 'Flowers In The Attic' Locks In 6.1 Million Total Viewers

Categories: 1-Featured,Network TV Press Releases

Written By

January 21st, 2014

Flowers in the Attic

via press release:




World Premiere of Lifetime Original Movie Starring Heather Graham, Ellen Burstyn, Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye

is Ad-Supported Cable’s Most-Watched Original Movie Since November 2012



LOS ANGELES, CA (January 21, 2014) – The Lifetime Original Movie Flowers in the Attic (#FlowersInTheAttic, #BadGrandma) locked in 6.1 million Total Viewers in its world premiere at 8:00pm Saturday night, according to Nielsen Research Fast Cable National ratings, making it ad-supported cable’s most-watched original movie in the demo since November 2012.  Among Adults 25-54 (2.6 million viewers) and Women 25-54 (2.0 million viewers), Flowers in the Attic is cable’s number one original movie performance since the October 2012 premiere of Steel Magnolias.  Based on V.C. Andrews’ controversial book, the movie also averaged 2.4 million Adults 18-49 viewers and 1.9 million Women 18-49 viewers, as well as a 4.5 Household rating.


Among social media, Flowers in the Attic was the night’s second most tweeted program on all of television, next to the Screen Actors Guild Awards, according to SocialGuide.


Lifetime will encore Flowers in the Attic this Saturday night at 10:00pm ET/PT, immediately following the world premiere of Lizzie Borden Took An Ax.


Starring Heather Graham (Drugstore Cowboy), Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winner Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), Mason Dye (Secret Diary of an American Cheerleader) and Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black), Flowers in the Attic weaves the twisted story of the Dollanganger kids who, after the unexpected death of their father, are convinced by their mother Corrine (Graham) to stay hidden in the attic of their wealthy grandparents’ mansion so she can reclaim the family fortune.  But as her visits begin to wane after she becomes involved with a new husband (Bruce), the children endure unimaginable treatment at the hands of their ruthless grandmother Olivia Foxworth (Burstyn).  As years go by and the eldest children Cathy (Shipka) and Christopher (Dye) come of age, both emotionally and physically, their family’s sordid past entraps them further as they look to each other for comfort.


Andrews’ first published novel, Flowers in the Attic, was an instant hit when it was released in 1979, topping bestsellers lists in just two weeks.  Captivating millions of readers worldwide, the book launched a series of five novels about the Dollanganger and Foxworth families.  Andrews’ novels are famous for their twisted, rags-to-riches family tales that explore why people love to hate and hurt each other.  Today, there are 106 million copies of her books that have been published in 95 countries.


Lifetime is currently developing the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind.


Flowers in the Attic was produced by Front Street Pictures, Inc. for Lifetime Pictures.  The movie was executive produced by Merideth Finn (The Rite) and Michele Weiss (Little Children) of Cue the Dog Productions, along with Charles W. Fries of Fries Film Company, Inc.  Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez and Lisa Hamilton-Daly executive produced for Lifetime.  Harvey Kahn (Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story) produced the film for Front Street Pictures.  The teleplay was written by Kayla Alpert (Up All Night), and Deborah Chow (The High Cost of Living) directed.



Lifetime is a premier female-focused entertainment destination dedicated to offering the highest quality original programming spanning scripted series, non-fiction series and movies.  As a result of the network’s aggressive programming strategy that has doubled the hours of its original programming, 2013 marked Lifetime’s second straight year of growth among Total Viewers.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

  • Shepherd

    Flowers in the Attic was considered controversial? lol, I think I was eight or nine when my mom gave me the series to read.

    Nice numbers though, I wonder if it was decent or cheesy like the other version I’ve seen.

  • Steve A

    Wow. That movie was horrible. It makes the original look good

  • gerry

    @ shepherd

    decent for the absolutely cheesy material. it’s controversial because of the incest. i liked watching it enough but i’d forgotten about how nonsensical the book is. well acted though (though heather graham veered on overacting it).

  • Shepherd


    Thanks for the movie review. I could guess why some would consider it controversial; I just didn’t realize that anyone ever made a fuss about the incest back in the day. Then again; I think some schools were still trying to ban Mark Twain in the 80’s so I shouldn’t be surprised.

  • gene

    Isn’t the photo from the 1987 movie???

  • steven

    6 million watched The Man-hating network.

  • NeNe Leakes

    The 87 version was much better than the 14 version. The chick who played Corrine is a worse actress than I am. Bloop!

  • tv#1

    I actually really enjoyed it. I’m glad it rated well. I hope they are moving forward with the sequel.

  • JOE

    Newsflash….Incest is controversial period, add to that murder, inprisonment, starvation, greed and you have a very emotionally charged book and movie.

    I for one found this Lifetime movie horrible. The acting by the mother and grand mother were poor, the son looked far to old and the direction was just wrong.

    The original 1987 version was much better even if they “skipped over” the incest part.

    I remember reading the book and found it intoxicating, the second book was okay but the 3rd was great…you can see that this family really had a problem with incest

  • JR35

    They planned to do a sequel to the first movie, but it didn’t pan out. With these numbers, they very well may actually do one for this.

    This version was more true to the book than the first one. The whole story is pretty wack, though. ha

  • Dan S

    I read where in fact Lifetime is planning a sequel. I forget the title but like any bad soap gotta see what happens next.

  • DenverDean

    I was flipping channels Sunday night and ran across it. After the “positive” feedback on social media, thought it might be worth checking out mindless trash. I lasted five minutes. Then again, I’m not really the target audience.

  • Paul

    Those are some pretty big numbers. I wonder if some Duck Dynasty fans heard about the incest and decided to check it out?

  • Nelly

    I can’t believe anyone could like the original over this one. In the original the acting was terrible and the movie didn’t make any sense. You couldn’t make your kids disappear like that in the 80s. Also they didn’t just “skip” the incest. They only took three important things about the book and then made up everything else. This new version is a million times better.

  • Joel

    The original movie stunk! You say the oldest boy looked too old? The one in that movie looked 45! Which was made more disturbing that he appeared to be mentally equivilant to an 6 year old. Oh and the acting! And the pancake make-up to indicate they were sick. It was far, far, far, worse.

  • Steve A

    This movie sucked. No one was convincing. The grandmother wasn’t scary. The incest part they kept in. Big deal. It was just not enjoyable. I actually felt sorry for the children in the original. I felt nothing for anyone in this one

  • Casie

    I liked the original wayyy better but this movie watchable. However, Heather Graham’s lack of acting, unwatchable.

© 2015 Tribune Digital Ventures