The history of the girl trio TLC is a big one, and not just because of the accidental death of Lisa Left Eye Lopes, as well as the story of her life only weeks prior to the car accident that took her life (which involved another car accident and the death of a boy). VH1 ordered a biographical drama for their network, starring KeKe Palmer, Lil Mama and Drew Sidora, and aired it at 9:00pm on Monday, October 21, 2013. It turned out to be more than just a success for the small cable channel.
4.485 million viewers (2.41 rating among adults 18-49 [with 3.063 million viewers in that demographic tuning in], 5.5 rating among women 18-34) tuned in, which meant a record for VH1. It was not only their highest rated original movie in history, as well as VH1’s highest-rated telecast in the five years before the movie’s airing, it also turned out to be the highest-rated original movie on cable television up to that point. The repeat that aired right after the initial premiere airing drew another 2.010 million viewers, showing that Americans who knew where to find VH1 in their collection of channels were definitely interested in TLC, even if the rap trio always seems to be in the mind of “music nerds” with their song “No Scrubs” (honestly, it’s the only song by them I can name).