Drew Peterson Movie Draws Record Ratings
Lifetime’s “Drew Peterson: Untouchable” movie generated record viewership, the network said Monday, averaging about 5.8 million total viewers when it aired Jan. 21.
According to a Press Release by Lifetime: In its world premiere Saturday night, the Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable, starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe and Kaley Cuoco, generated record viewership, averaging 5.8 million Total Viewers.
The movie was cable’s most watched original movie in the demo in two years since Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Pact on January 23, 2010.
Additionally, the 5.8 million Total Viewers represent a 241% jump versus Lifetime’s original movie premiere average in 2011.
Based on a true story about police officer Drew Peterson’s (Lowe) fall from grace after the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife (Cuoco), the movie posted Lifetime’s best numbers for an original movie premiere among the key demos since the January 3, 2011, debut of The Craigslist Killer.
The data included 2.5 million Adults 25-54 viewers (+233% vs. the network’s original movie premiere average in 2011), 2.2 million Adults 18-49 viewers (+210%), 1.8 million Women 25-54 viewers (+215%) and 1.5 million Women 18-49 viewers (+178%), according to Nielsen Research.
Drew Peterson: Untouchable also generated a 4.25 Household rating (+223%).
“This is an amazing way to start the year and is a direct result of our aggressive strategy to green light quality programming that showcases such A-List talent as Rob Lowe and Kaley Cuoco giving captivating performances,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and General Manager of Lifetime Networks.
In the film, charming Chicago-area officer Drew Peterson seemed virtually “untouchable” in more ways than one when it came to his womanizing ways, having been married three times before landing the eye and affection of Stacy Cales (Cuoco), a woman half his age.
As Peterson’s relationship with Stacy blossoms, his relationship with third wife Kathleen Savio (Cara Buono) unravels in a bitter divorce — until Kathleen is inexplicably found dead in an empty bathtub. Soon after making Stacy his fourth wife and having their first child, Peterson’s jealousy and controlling ways begin to strain their marriage.
Suddenly Stacy disappears, leaving her two children, and Peterson’s older children behind.
Peterson insists that Stacy left him for another man but in the wake of her disappearance, new questions are raised about Kathleen’s death and her case is re-opened, drawing national media attention to Peterson and the strange cases of Kathleen and Stacy.
Peterson seems to bask in the media attention, professing his innocence and announcing his engagement to yet another younger woman.
But when authorities take a closer look at the circumstances surrounding both cases, a different kind of spotlight is placed on him as more questions arise.
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