Salt-N-Pepa Biopic a Ratings Winner for Lifetime

Published: Wednesday 27th Jan 2021 by Rashad

Despite criticism over costuming, casting, and the controversy surrounding the portrayal (or lack thereof) of group member DJ Spinderella, female Rap pioneers Salt-N-Pepa‘s Lifetime biopic soldiered on to small screens Saturday (January 23).

The Mario Van Peebles-directed endeavor – executive produced by Queen Latifah as well as the group’s members Cheryl ‘Salt’ James and Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton – chronicled the duo’s rise in the male-dominated Hip Hop world and even spotlighted a number of personal struggles the ladies endured along the way.

Their lives played out alongside a soundtrack of their greatest hits (i.e. ‘Push It,’ ‘Whatta Man,’ ‘Shoop,’ etc.), look inside to see just how many people tuned in for the action.

Viewership = 2.68 million

The 2.68 million viewers who tuned in to see the ‘Salt-N-Pepa’ story and its subsequent special at its original broadcast time were enough to land it in first place among Saturday night’s scripted programs.

Only slightly paling in comparison to the audiences Lifetime’s drawn to its diva-inspired biographical films over the years (see:  Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, The Clark Sisters, etc.), the rap biopic set social media alight and also secured 483,000 more viewers at its time of rerun – bringing its total viewership to 3.16 million for the weekend of its premiere.

Hallmark’s Nazneen Contractor-led original film, ‘A Winter Getaway,’ came in a close second with the 2.3 million viewers it secured.

See the ratings chart below:

Cable TV Ratings

(January 23, 2021)


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  1. Zion January 27, 2021

    The New Edition and TLC movies shît on this movie by miles.

  2. Shayla Queen 👑 January 27, 2021

    Who care about these ole has-been droopy-breast flops?

    • liio January 27, 2021

      The most funny thins is people like you call those people flop what did you achive in life, who knows you first fix your struggle than come back and talk 🤪

      • Shayla Queen 👑 January 27, 2021

        Pick up yo droopy b****** and exit stage left 👈🏽

    • Bchase January 30, 2021

      The same people who don’t care about your low sad life!

  3. whut January 27, 2021

    I enjoyed the movie. Granted, Salt N Pepa are being quite grimy by intentionally trying to exclude Spinderella from their history, but I still think they did a good job. I actually saw the Hallmark movie & really enjoyed that one too lol!

  4. Anne January 27, 2021

    At this point, I watch the Lifetime biopics just to see how bad they are going to be. I thought this one would be horrible based on the trailer but it turned out to be not quite as horrible as I thought, more like equally as bad as the others but slightly worth watching just to see what they went through. I guess there’s a compliment somewhere in there.

  5. IJS January 27, 2021

    I enjoyed the made for tv, small budget movie. If I had paid money to see it in a theater, it would be a different story. I didn’t miss Spin either. She was always disposable in my mind. She overplayed her hand when she went so hard for an equal share of the profits and lost her meal ticket.

    • Gina January 27, 2021

      I agree

    • FACTS January 28, 2021

      Spin was on almost every Magazine Cover with them plus branding with Sugar & Spice. She deserves everything she is asking for, period!

  6. Gina January 27, 2021

    I usually don’t watch 3 hour movies, but this movie was definitely worth my time.

  7. eric January 31, 2021

    The timeline is lost and the limited details and facts that are included are rushed to the point of being incoherent unless you watch with prior knowledge of the group’s journey. The way Treach was portrayed in this movie, you wouldn’t guess that Salt-N-Pepa was laughing it up on tour with Naughty by Nature just two years ago. I was there. Too many details are missing.

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