Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic adaptation debuted to 6.1 million viewers on Saturday, making it cable's most-watched original movie since 2012's Steel Magnolias remake. The film also drew a 4.5 household rating, and an average of 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 1.9 million women 18-49 tuned in.
Flowers in the Attic is based on V.C. Andrews' racy, incest-laden 1979 novel about a group of siblings who are forced to live in secret in their grandmother's attic after their father is killed in a car accident. The TV movie starred Ellen Burstyn as the grandmother, Heather Graham as the children's mother, Corrine Dollanganger, and Kiernan Shipka as older sister Cathy Dollanganger.
Even before Saturday's big numbers, Lifetime revealed it was already working on developing the sequel into a TV movie. Petals on the Wind is the second in the five-book Dollanganger series and picks up — spoiler alert — after the siblings' successful escape from Foxworth Hall. However, the Lifetime adaptation will pick up further down the road.
"It basically takes place about 10 years after the first movie ends," screenwriter Kayla Alpert recently told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "It is a very juicy, compelling revenge drama."
Did you watch Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic? What did you think?