Will Ferrell’s Lifetime Movie ‘Deadly Adoption’ Draws 2.1 Million on Saturday

A Deadly Adoption
Courtesy of Lifetime

A Deadly Adoption,” the surprisingly straight-ahead Lifetime movie starring comedic actors Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig, drew 2.1 million viewers in its premiere Saturday.

According to Nielsen, “Adoption” was the night’s most-watched original cable program and drew about 128% more viewers than Lifetime’s primetime average. The network’s most recent high-profile telepic before Saturday was “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe,” which drew 2.31 million viewers when it bowed on May 30. Since then, “Double Daddy” drew 1.66 million on June 6, and “I Killed My BFF” attracted 1.41 million on June 13.

“Deadly Adoption” also drew about 1 million adults 25-54, making it the fourth highest-rated original movie on ad-supported cable in 2015 — behind only Lifetime original movies “Whitney,” “Cleveland Abduction” and “With This Ring.” In adults 18-49, the roughly 800,000 viewers (0.63 rating) for “Deadly Adoption” easily topped “Marilyn Monroe” (0.50) and is the top score for a Lifetime movie since “Cleveland Abduction” on May 2 (0.93 rating).

The movie grossed more than 6 million total viewers over six telecasts this past weekend, according to Nielsen.

“Deadly Adoption” drew some Twitter interest on Saturday night, with the movie reaching a unique audience of 962,000 (via roughly 35,000 Tweets), putting it fifth among the week’s scripted programs, according to Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings.

Review: ‘A Deadly Adoption’ a Film With Something for Virtually No One

A Mar Vista Entertainment Production, “A Deadly Adoption” was produced by National Picture SHow. Rachel Lee Goldenberg directed from a script written by Andrew Steeler. The film was executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Sharon Bordas, Fernando Szew, Andrew Steele and Jessica Elbaum, and produced by Adam Silver, Fritz Manger and Max Osswald. MarVista will handle international distribution of the movie.

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  1. Christine G says:

    I just watched this and I don’t get it. Was this supposed to be making fun of Lifetime movies? Because it’s so horribly acted that I feel like it was purposeful. Very perplexed through this whole thing.

  2. Matthew says:

    this is the only serious role that will ferrell will probably ever play

  3. piecesofme says:

    This movie was terrible. Lousy acting and a lame, predictable story line. Too bad, as normally I love Ferrell and Wiig.

  4. Celesta says:

    I watch all the Lifetime new releases and this was my favorite by far! I have to admit the acting isn’t all that great in most of the Lifetime shows. This weeks show was GREAT! I also favored Cleveland Abduction. These two where the best movies this year…

  5. Jennyzeroo says:

    Poor Will. He’s spoofed EVERY movie genre. And now a spoof of a lifetime movie with a twist; it NOT a comedy.

    It’s an amusing concept ….. Oh Oh the amusing concept is over, and still another 90 minutes to go.


  6. Jennyzeroo says:

    So THIS is what the term – “pumping a dry well” looks like.

  7. Anonymous says:

    So basically this failed as both a sendup and as a Lifetime movie? That’s quite a feat!

  8. Anonymous says:

    So actual Lifetime movies got higher ratings than a sendup.

  9. Alice Hill says:

    Loved the movie, kept our attention and Will was
    great and Kristen was fantastic in her role! My husband
    even watched it, and he doesn’t watch anything without cars or thrillers!

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