'Lizzie Borden Took an Ax' Premiere Draws 4.4 Million Total Viewers

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January 27th, 2014


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Lifetime Original Movie LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX

Witnessed by 4.4 Million Total Viewers in World Premiere


Lifetime is Ad-Supported Cable’s #1 Destination for Original Movies in January


LOS ANGELES, CA – January 27, 2014 – The legend of Lizzie Borden continues as 4.4 million Total Viewers witnessed Saturday’s world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax (#LizzieBorden), starring Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Christina Ricci (Monster), Golden Globe® nominee Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Clea DuVall (Argo).


Among social media, Lizzie Borden Took an Ax was the most-tweeted program of the night across television (Nielsen Social Guide).  Additionally, the film drove the highest traffic to a movie premiere on mylifetime.com since November 2012 (Adobe Analytics).


Lizzie’s strong performance comes on the heels of last week’s world premiere of the Lifetime Original Movie Flowers in the Attic, which averaged 6.1 million Total Viewers, making it the night’s #1 telecast across television among all key demos – including Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, Women 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 -- as well as ad-supported cable’s most-watched original movie since November 2012.


Flowers in the Attic and Lizzie Borden Took an Ax are poised to be ad-supported cable’s #1 and #2 original movie telecasts for January 2014 among Total Viewers, Adults 25-54, Women 25-54, Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49.



On a scorching, hot summer day in 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts, Lizzie Borden (Ricci) returns home to the house she shares with her father Andrew, stepmother Abby and sister Emma (DuVall).  But, unlike any normal day, Lizzie encounters the bloody scene of her parents violently murdered.  Police quickly question multiple suspects in town, but evidence keeps pointing back to the Borden’s youngest daughter Lizzie, the seemingly wholesome Sunday school teacher, as the prime suspect.  Lizzie’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings (Campbell), proclaims her innocence arguing that it is inconceivable a woman could commit the heinous crime of brutally murdering her family with an ax.  Or is it?  Lizzie is put on trial for the murders, both in the courtroom and in the press, sparking a widespread debate about her culpability.  As the case rages on, the courtroom proceedings fuel an enormous amount of sensationalized stories and headlines in newspapers throughout the country, forever leaving Lizzie Borden’s name in infamy.


Lizzie Borden Took An Ax was produced by Sony Pictures Television for Lifetime.  Judith Verno (Masters of Sex, Drew Peterson: Untouchable) served as executive producer with Michael Mahoney (The Memory Keeper’s Daughter) producing.  Nick Gomez (The Blacklist) directed from a script written by Stephen Kay (The Mod Squad).



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  • LisaM

    Worst version ever! None can top Elizabeth Montgomery’s version. This offered no new theories.

  • Five

    It wasn’t a unique or 100% historically accurate take on the story, but as a casual Lizzie Borden “enthusiast”, I enjoyed it. It was fun. I wouldn’t compare it to the Elizabeth Montgomery version though; they’re different beasts.

  • Other Than THAT Mrs Lincoln? How Was The Play?

    They could turn this into weekly series called AMERICAN CHOPPER – in an alternate reality version where Lizzie escapes and chops her way across America. Special guest stars – those guys from that cancelled motorcycle show.

  • ravi

    Maybe Dexter can catch her in Maine and they can go on a killing spree.

  • iSayso

    Too bad for C. Ricci. Really hope she’s not now slotted for this kind of lazy Lifetime crap.

  • Carmen

    I didn’t see it and don’t care about spoilers.

    Did this version find her guilty? or at least imply that she (or her sister) did it?

  • Badlands

    Carmen – While the jury found her not guilty (which is historically accurate), they actually showed Lizzie committing the murders at the end.

    They really played fast and loose with the facts of the case.

  • Raz

    It was the worst version ever! Having been on tour of the Bordon house and then to the cemetary, they got nothing right.

  • Scandalfan

    LOL truth is truth what new theories it could’ve offered?

  • Scandalfan

    Didn’t the sister came forward and admitted that Lizzie committed the murders?

  • Krystaaal

    lol why is everyone so pissed? It’s only a Lifetime movie.

  • Yes Sir!

    Remember Liz Montgomerys version, when she came out, fully nude, and committed the murder? Right before she whacked her father, I remember he saw her naked, and was smiling, lol!

  • AppleStinx

    When I caught the scene of Lizzie Borden strutting to the night party in late 19th century to the tune of “Whoo Boy”, I just had to watch the whole thing. I’d watch again.

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