Lifetime's exhaustively promoted, critically trashed "Liz & Dick" became 2012's fourth most-watched original premiere on Sunday (November 25). 
Somehow, we suspect Lifetime had higher aspirations for what it called "the most talked about movie of the year."
Featuring a heavily hyped "comeback" performance by Lindsay Lohan, "Liz & Dick" drew 3.5 million total viewers for its premiere, including 1.3 million viewers among adults 18-49. 
While those figures are 40+ percent higher than Lifetime's 2012 averages for original movies, they come in behind Lifetime's "Steel Magnolias," "Drew Peterson: Untouchable" and "Abducted: The Carlina White Story," among recent telefilms. [On the bright side, "Liz & Dick" beat the February premiere of "Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial," which drew 2.8 million viewers.]
"Liz & Dick" starred Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor and Grant Bowler as Richard Burton, with Lloyd Kramer directing from a script by Christopher Monger. 
A long-time member of the TCA Board and a longer-time blogger of "American Idol," Dan Fienberg writes about TV, except for when he writes about movies or sometimes writes about the Red Sox. But never music. He would sound stupid talking about music.