Over 6 Million Tune in to Lifetime’s Flowers in the Attic

The TV movie version of V.C. Andrews' 1979 novel, Flowers in the Attic, saw 6.1 million viewers tune in to Lifetime. Additionally, it drew about 2.4 million in the always key 18-49 demographic for its initial Saturday at 8 pm premiere. According to Lifetime, it was the channel’s most-watched original film since November 2012. 

Flowers in the Attic tells the story of four beautiful siblings imprisoned for years by their sadistic mother and grandmother.  Most notably, the story turns incestuous, once the two older siblings reach puberty. 
The 2014 update starred Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye as the older siblings, with Ellen Burstyn and Heather Graham as their torturers. As The World Turns alum Dylan Bruce also starred in the telepic. Shortly before the film’s debut, Lifetime announced it would also adapt the sequel, Petals on the Wind
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6 Responses

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    House of Plantagenet

    Even though I never read the books, I wanted to watch because of how controversial the books were. It was a great movie, especially for Lifetime, however I could have done without the incest scenes. That could have been alluded to, but seeing them kiss and then watching them in bed post-sex was incredibly uncomfortable and somewhat stomach churning. However Kiernan Shipka and Mason Dye are stars in the making.

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    Jenna Dorsi

    I didn’t mind the incest, especially since that theme is so important for the whole story. I’m just glad the sex scene was portrayed as consensual. There’s too much rape on TV. Overall, it was pretty soapy! I’ll definitely watch the sequel. And I love Kiernan Shipka. I still think she should have won an Emmy for her work on Mad Men Season 3!

  3. Profile photo of Divatude58

    Flowers in the Attic is not the type of literature that should be watered down. If you are going to do it then go all out. Glad they didn’t just allude to the incest. It’s a huge theme in the story.

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    I hated the original movie. It was horrible.

    So I was glad to see Lifetime redo it and do it mostly right. Glad to see they are going to make the follow up “Petals in the Wind.”

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