‘Surviving Compton’ a Huge Ratings Hit For Lifetime

The folks over at Lifetime TV are celebrating today after seeing the ratings roll in for Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge &  Michel’le. The biopic, which tells Michel’le’s story about her time with two of hip-hop’s biggest figures, debuted over the weekend, raking in millions of viewers.

According to Deadline, the film drew in an average of 2.3 million total viewers Saturday night, and the documentary Beyond The Headlines: Michel’le, which aired right after the film, brought in an additional 1.9 million viewers. Over the weekend, Lifetime brought in over 9 million viewers who tuned in to view both projects.

Before the film premiered, Michel’le spoke with JET abou her motivation for producing Surviving Compton. For the singer, the decision to tell her life story was simple: she was left out of the box office hit Straight Out of Compton.

“When Dr. Dre told his story in Straight Outta Compton, I think by him not including me, my absence was noticed and people started their own campaign about ‘why wasn’t she in the film?’ So it kind of manifested itself. I was approached with the opportunity and I took it. Really what the movie is about and why I think it was good to tell is, I could have given you guys a movie about a good girl, sugarcoated it and said that’s my story. I chose to tell you guys what I really went through because I thought it was a better message in that. Abuse is not love. I’m shocked that more women are saying “why now” than men. Like, why not?! Are we going to bury this like we bury AIDS, cancer and molestation? We need to stop bury things and talk about it because if I had heard this story when I was 15, I would have said ‘oh no, I’m going to be more cautious of that.’ But everybody wants to be the hero in their story, so it’s hard.”

Now that her story is out there, looks like millions of people were watching.