More Than 19 Million Viewers Tuned in Over Weekend to The Lifetime Original Movie 'The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale'
Saturday, August 19 Premiere Becomes Lifetime's Second Most-Watched Movie
in Network's 22-Year History With 6.6 Million Viewers
- Weekend Online Traffic to LifetimeTV.com Surged More Than 70% -
NEW YORK, Aug. 22 -- More than 19 million* viewers tuned
in during the August 19-20 weekend to watch the poignant Lifetime Original
Movie "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale," which starred
the "American Idol" winner in her own rags-to-riches Cinderella story. The
Saturday, August 19 premiere at 9PM (ET/PT) became Lifetime's second most-
watched movie in its 22-year history with 6.6 million viewers (5.0
Among all original 2006 basic cable movie premieres, "Fantasia" ranks
#1 among W18-34 and W18-49 rating.
The Sunday, August 20 encore at 8PM (ET/PT) drew more than 5 million
viewers and a 4.0 household rating.
1995's "Almost Golden," which starred Sela Ward as journalist Jessica
Savitch, averaged more than seven million viewers when it aired on
Traffic to LifetimeTV.com surged more than 70% in page views and 68% in
unique visitors over the weekend compared to the August 12-13 weekend. But
Fantasiamania isn't over yet! At Lifetimetv.com, the national "Fantasia"
essay contest runs through September 16, with the winner receiving two
tickets to the 2007 "American Idol" season finale.
In "The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale," Loretta
Devine ("Dreamgirls," "Crash," "Boston Public," "Waiting to Exhale")
co-starred as Fantasia's grandmother, and Addie Collins and Tony(R) Award
winner Viola Davis ("Traffic," "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," "Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit") starred as Fantasia's mother, Diane Barrino.
Rounding out the ensemble cast were Kadeem Hardison ("A Different World,"
"Biker Boyz") in the role of Fantasia's father, JoJo Barrino. Newcomer
Jamia Simone Nash ("My Wife and Kids") played the young Fantasia. Acclaimed
Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R)- winning choreographer, actress and director
Debbie Allen ("Fame," "Girlfriends") directed the film.
"The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale" was produced by
Ostar Productions for Lifetime Television. Bill Haber ("Nightmares &
Dreamscapes," "Uprising") served as the executive producer and Ellyn
Williams (Lifetime Television's "Hunger Point") co-executive produced. John
McMahon ("Nightmares & Dreamscapes") produced the movie and Keith Glover
wrote the teleplay based on the autobiography Life is Not a Fairy Tale by
*Source: Nielsen Media Research (8/19-20/06)
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