'Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story's Low Ratings Prove Viewers Draw The Line Somewhere

'90s nostalgia is so hot right now, but there is a line. And that line might be an unauthorized movie about the Saved by the Bell cast's behind-the-scenes drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime’s made-for-TV movie The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story pulled an audience of 1.6 million when it premiered Monday night. How do those numbers stack up against other Lifetime original movies? According to THR, 3.5 million people watched Liz & Dick when it premiered, and Petals on the Wind scored 3.4 million.

As Zack Morris might say in a moment like this: TIME OUT. [Walks toward camera.] Obliterated by the sequel to that incest movie and the Lindsay Lohan-as-Elizabeth Taylor movie? Yeesh. TIME IN. [Resumes action.]

Why didn't people watch TUSbtBS? I'm going to go out on a limb and assume I wasn't the only person who Nick Miller frowned at the TV when I saw the preview for the first time. I like a so-bad-it's-good movie, but TUSbtBS just looked... uh... well, let's just say I'd much rather get through the reality shows that I've let pile up in my DVR. The giant cell phones, poufy bangs, and other pieces of early '90s nostalgia would not be enough.

(Also, the OG Saved by the Bell cast's lack of support probably didn't help the movie's case.)

So no, I was not one of the 1.6 million who watched TUSbtBS. Instead, I fired up America's Next Top Model and Real Housewives of Orange County. Such a refined taste in TV I have.

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