Lifetime may have faced backlash over its life story of singer Aaliyah, but the biopic, 'Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B,' pulled in huge ratings for the network with over 3.2 million viewers tuning in.

Billboard reveals the effort ranks as the No. 2 television movie of the year. Of the 3.2 million viewers who tuned into the Nov. 15 premiere, 1.7 million were in the 18-49 demographic.

The film's executive producer, Wendy Williams, defended the movie from criticism by standing behind her ratings. “Everybody got an opinion!” the comedienne laughed on her talk show earlier this week. “Whether you loved or hate, you watched.”

Everyone from fans to the 'Try Again' chanteuse's former producer Timbaland chimed in on how disappointed they were in the overall casting and storyline. He felt the movie "wasn't done right."

"I don’t want to just diss this lady [Wendy Williams] like that, I want to know the full details, before I really, really go in,” Timbaland said. “The only thing that I know is that you are showing a mockery on TV.”

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