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Atlanta-based ‘Steel Magnolias’ remake brings in huge numbers for Lifetime: 6.5 million viewers


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Lifetime’s female fans embraced the remake of “Steel Magnolias” last night, flocking to the network at the tune of 6.5 million viewers, the third most popular original telecast in the network’s history.

This was the network’s biggest numbers since 2006’s ‘Life is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story.”

The film, starring Queen Latifah, Phylicia Rashad and Alfre Woodard, was shot earlier this year in Atlanta, features several local actors in smaller roles and was directed by local producer Kenny Leon.

Overall 25-54 numbers were the best for Lifetime in 17 years since “Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story.”  Its female 25-54 numbers were the highest in Lifetime’s history in the film category and a basic cable best at least since 2004, according to Nielsen Research.

Not surprisingly, a vast majority of the viewers were women.

If you missed it, the film will replay tonight at 8 p.m.

Viewers in a poll on my earlier entry generally liked the film though a few were disappointed.

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October 8th, 2012
4:55 pm

I loved the movie. It was just like the first.

Nic Nac

October 8th, 2012
5:05 pm

It ws nothing like the original , I thought it was so dry and i ws not able to get into the characters it ws as tho they were reading from a teleprompter, this should have not been suggested for a remake, very unclassy, the wobble as a reception song , no not even acceptable, I’m disappointed in Lifetime for airing this…..


October 8th, 2012
5:28 pm

I ADORED the original. I knew the dialogue by heart. This was a cute remake. It was cute. I like that they added appropriate pieces for this decade. The Wobble was funny. It was great that Owen Jenkins was a white man as it was in the original movie. Which is awesome because it confirms how far we have overcome. Queen Latifah was not old enough to be Merlyn. Overall, I appreciate the effort but the original will always be in my heart. :-)


October 8th, 2012
5:35 pm

And I bet like me most of those 6.5 million viewers were very disappointed. What a let down, especially given the cast they had. The biggest disappointment was in the lack of any real interaction between Ouiser and Clairee. The moments between those two in the original were priceless, here they almost didn’t exist.


October 8th, 2012
9:51 pm


October 8th, 2012
9:57 pm

I applaud the effort put into the remake and thought it was OK, but that could be because I had never really watched the original from start to finish, and was determined not to compare the two. I agree with Nic Nac that it was rather dry in some areas, but regarding the “Wobble” as being an unacceptable reception song — I attended a very classy, not mention, lavish wedding last week at which the “Wobble” was played during the reception and almost every guest was on the floor having as much fun as they seemed to be having in the film, so I found that to be very realistic.

1st mate

October 9th, 2012
6:43 am

It was a major disappointment, I rooted for this movie too. The southern drawls were so fake, especially shelby, she was a big let down from the Julia charactor.


October 9th, 2012
8:54 am

Loved the original. This was ok. Nothing to jump and down about. Some of the characters, didn’t quite pull it off. Good effort though.


October 9th, 2012
1:53 pm

I was very disappointed in this movie. Acting was the worst I have seen and I know that they all can act. They were trying to be southern and it just wasn’t working. Queen Latifah as Merlyn at the end after Shelby died was just beyond bad. I will never watch this movie again.


October 9th, 2012
3:17 pm

Decent cable/satellite entertainment for the evening. I don’t know any black rural southerners who speak/spoke with Jill Scott’s character’s accent – she kind of overplayed it. While I’m a fan of Dana Owens/Queen Latifah – she’s a little “hard” for soft roles.