Drew Peterson might have found the Lifetime film about him “hysterical”, but the network had the last laugh. The Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable drew 5.8 million viewers in its premiere on Saturday to become the most watched movie on cable in two years — since Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Pact on January 23, 2010. It edged the January 2011 hit The Craiglist Killer (5.4 million) in total viewers, though it trailed behind in adults 25-54 (2.5 million vs. 2.7 million) and all key demos, ranking as the Lifetime’s highest-rated movie since then. Untouchable is based on a true story of veteran police officer Drew Peterson and stars Rob Lowe as the disgraced cop awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife following the mysterious disappearance of his fourth wife (played by Kaley Cuoco). As for the real Peterson, in jail on $20 million bail, “he thought (the movie) was hysterical,” his lawyer Joel Brodsky told the AP. “He chuckled at all of the inaccuracies and things that never happened.” The attorney shared Peterson’s concern over the film’s affect on the potential jury pool, which will probably grow given Untouchable‘s large premiere audience. “Obviously (Peterson) is concerned people might be influenced by the movie’s inaccuracies,” Brodsky said. “But we agreed that anyone who thinks a Lifetime movie is factual shouldn’t be on a jury in the first place.” Ouch.
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