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'Drew Peterson: Untouchable' Sets Ratings Record

It looks like Drew Peterson's legal eagle Brodsky might have to ask for the murder trial to be moved to a different planet.

Drew Peterson: Untouchable smashed ratings records Saturday night and secured its place in the annals of television history, according to TV by the Numbers.

An unbelievable 5.8 million viewers tuned in to the Lifetime original movie based on the true crime sensation Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Sergeant Drew Peterson by me ().

Here's what TV by the Numbers had to say:

"In its world premiere Saturday night, the Lifetime Original Movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable, starring Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award nominee Rob Lowe and Kaley Cuoco, generated record viewership, averaging 5.8 million Total Viewers, making it cable’s most watched original movie in the demo in two years since Lifetime’s The Pregnancy Pact on January 23, 2010.  Additionally, the 5.8 million Total Viewers represent a 241% jump versus Lifetime’s original movie premiere average in 2011."

Here's what we had to say:

"Wow."

Actually, we had more than that to say on the Monday morning after the movie debuted, and we said it on the WGN Morning News.

Here's one of my WGN quotes about Peterson's self-proclaimed "lead attorney" Joel Brodsky's idea to try to have the upcoming murder trial moved out of Will County:

"I don't know what venue he's going to find where they don't have cable television or find a jury that doesn't have access to this movie. If anything I think the movie heightened awareness of the case, the plight of two women where one is missing and one is dead. If anything, it's a good thing."

Here's another from when they asked about Peterson and how he found the movie "hysterical," at least according to Brodsky:

"He's got one dead wife and one missing wife ... if he thinks that's hysterical, that sounds like Drew to me."

You can check out the story and a video of the entire interview on the WGN Morning News site.

Carol Morgan January 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I have read books that have turned into movies and the movie was never the same as the book I had read. During the trial the evidence will be given and then the jury can make up its mind. If someone is called for jury duty on this trial and cannot separate the movie and the coverage from the media from the real world.......then it is a sadder thing for that person(s) who lives in a 'bubble' and not the real world. We all know what we have heard and read through the media and it does make it look like he is guilty, but remember too how the media blows things out of proportion. Just sayin'..........try and keep an open mind.
Watchful Eye January 24, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Carol - You are so right about separating the media coverage from what will be presented in the courtroom. You would have to admit, though, that Brodsky and Peterson spent years yapping in the media to keep their names public for a future big-day payoff. Now, they're telling the same public to ignore the movie's implications, because they say it's made up and untrue. Only problem is, Lifetime's movie reached 5.8 million people in its first airing. So, the Dream Team has a lot of work to do. I've heard there's life on Mars..... 5.8 million viewers in the first airing. What does that say about the phenomenal interest in the Drew Peterson case?? Amazing. Not just here, but nationally. What is the best news so far is that cameras will now be allowed in the courtroom, but I've a feeling that the lead attorney is going to be more a spectator than a participant. Gee, he wasn't even written into the movie. Bettcha 5.8 million people, and growing, heard of Joe Hosey. :-)
Freddie Kissell January 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM
That's right, Eye -- the editor of our little Patch is famous! Carol, I agree about the courtroom, too. People aren't all dumb/incapable of separating what they saw in a movie from what is presented to them during a trial. Maybe Brodsky would be too dumb to do it, but that's another story...
Walter Anderson January 24, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I am always reminded of a statement I heard long ago whenever I see or hear Brodsky mumble something: "How can you talle when a lawyer is lying? It is easy, his lips are moving!" Fits Brodsky to a tee!
kilo charlie January 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
it's despicable that according to drews lawyer brodsky. " drew found the movie hysterical". so a movie that covered the death of your 3rd wife and disappearence of your 4th wife was funny? that's why even though it's more than likely wrong that your being kept in jail with out a trial for this long. nobody cares!
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 04:24 AM
I was just thinking! The way judges have been handing down ridiculous sentences for murders as of late! 15,20 and 30 years for very violent murders that were on the news, Drew should maybe make a deal and have his lawyers ask for 20 years and he could be out in 10-12 years!
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I believe Drew was actually hysterical about the movie is because of the parts of the movie he knows that are real or fictional! Such as a party in the Police lock up and a two man squad car scene! Now that's hysterical !
tom January 26, 2012 at 01:10 PM
TS, "You are assuming why he actually thought it was hysterical!" Sound familiar?
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Tom, My self and others thought the movie was hysterical just as Drew did! Not because of Kathy and Stacy ,but some of the parts in the movie which are fictional! So no assuming here!
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Walter what facts do you have that Drews lawyer is lying???
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Hello big Daddy's back! Ha ha!!!
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Myself, others, and the US Constitution(6th) amendment are not fans of hearsay evidence. The rationale is that we have no opportunity to challenge the credibility and cross-examine the person making the statements!  This was not a dying declaration and  how Illinois was able to pass it , making it admissible will  either be lost by the State , Illinois Supreme Court or US Supreme Court.
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Wow watchful eye I seen you comment about Roeper's comment about the movie and here's what you said and now what I have to say! Watchful Eye 7:07 pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 It's getting pretty desperate when a so-called movie critic has to resort to coming up with a slam of an actor's metro-suburban accent. It's certainly not Rob Lowe's fault he had to play the part of the biggest clown of a murder defendant there ever was. If Lowe's acting and character portrayal was over-the-top, then it sounds like nailed the part. If it walks like a Bozo, acts like a Bozo and talks like a Bozo........ Tom Selleck 12:48 pm on Thursday, January 26, 2012 Excuse me watchful eye! Drew the biggest murder defendant ever! What rock have you been living under???? Drew's case's make him look like an angel to other higher profile murder defendant's!
Walter Anderson January 26, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Tom Selleck: It is a statement about LAWYERS in GENERAL and IMHO it fits Brodsky. I did not intimate a fact, I offered an opinion backed by the statement.
Tom Selleck January 26, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Yes,but he's doing his job like any defense lawyer is hired to do! That's their job to get their client off! You or I would expect the same thing from our lawyers if we were in trouble too! Just because they use dirty tactics, doesn't mean they aren't no better than you or I!!!
april January 27, 2012 at 10:56 AM
I am sorry to say I thought the movie was nothing to the actual truth and I really do feel Joe was more excited about the fact that a book was made into a movie rather then the real truth being told. I have it on terms with a friend of mine that there is a chanc that Stacy help Drew kill Kathleen and also has anyone seen the video of Drew Peterson and his son Steve Peterson having sex with a women together at the sametime? Like I said I believe the movie was of poor taste, btw how much did ALL of the families make from the movie? I am sure Joe made a good amount.
Tom Selleck January 27, 2012 at 03:47 PM
April I often wonder that myself if Stacy possibly had a role in Kathy's death!!

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