Lifetime original movie Cleveland Abduction, based on Michelle Knight’s bestselling memoir of the Cleveland kidnappings, averaged 3.1 million total viewers in its world premiere Saturday night, according to Nielsen Fast Cable Ratings. The movie, starring Taryn Manning as Knight and Raymond Cruz as Ariel Castro, also averaged 1.3 million adults 25-54, 1.2 million adults 18-49, and 1.1 million women 25-54 viewers in its 8 PM time slot.
Compared with earlier Lifetime biopics, Cleveland Abduction did not fare as well. Flowers In The Attic, which aired last year, drew 6.1 million total viewers and 2.4 million in the key demo. Cleveland Abduction also followed the Angela Bassett-directed Whitney, which pulled in 4.5 million total viewers in its January premiere, and notched just below November 2014’s Aaliyah: The Princess Of R&B, which drew 3.2 million viewers and 1.7 million in the demo.
Produced by Sony Pictures Television, Cleveland Abduction told the true story of Knight, who was abducted by Castro on August 22, 2002 in Cleveland and held captive in his home for more than 11 years. Soon after, he abducted two teenagers, Amanda Berry (Samantha Droke) and Gina DeJesus (Katie Sarife), and imprisoned them alongside Michelle, who then became a friend and sister figure to her fellow victims.
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