Lifetime’s Wendy Williams Biopic & Documentary Dominate TV Ratings

Published: Wednesday 3rd Feb 2021 by Rashad

Having produced projects for Lifetime in the past, Wendy Williams is no stranger to raking in massive ratings for the women’s network.

That’s why it should be no surprise the movie centered on the storied life of the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of All Media’ herself reigned over Saturday night (January 30) TV ratings in a major way.

Look inside to see the numbers that catapulted ‘Wendy Williams: The Movie’ to the #1 spot.

Viewership:  2.15 million

The action-packed biopic, which saw Ciera Payton transform into the shock jock-turned-daytime talk show host, chronicled Williams’ highly publicized highs and lows including battles with drug addiction, health, divorce drama with Kevin Hunter, miscarriages, and so much more.

Accompanied by a Lifetime original feature-length documentary, ‘The Wendy Williams Story…What a Mess!,’ the 1-2 punch of Wendy content served potent knockouts to the competition.

On its original air date (January 30), the movie topped ratings charts (as seen below) by drawing in a whopping 2.15 million viewers and later courted an additional 450,000 TV sets across its opening weekend reruns. As if that’s not enough, the subsequent documentary garnered viewership of 1.96 million at its original airing and an additional 797,000 views across reruns.

This means that by her lonesome, Wendy drew approximately 5.36 million eyes to Lifetime – some of its highest weekend numbers EVER.

See the full ratings chart below:

Check out our interview with Ciera Payton below:


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  1. Anthony February 3, 2021

    So happy for Wendy! She’s been thru so much these last few years. Happy to see her win!

  2. Jeans February 3, 2021

    I expected a lot more tbh but good for her! It’s actually about the same viewership total with many of the other biopics on lifetime!

  3. Bebo February 3, 2021

    Great movie

  4. Taz February 3, 2021

    My main concern was that the acting would be so over the top and corny but Ciera Payton did an incredible job as Wendy. The pacing was great, I felt it could’ve be an hour longer to flesh some things out but overall I thought the movie was excellent.

  5. Linwood February 4, 2021

    You, Go..Girl, Success is the Best Revenge..🤑

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