Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas of Many Colors’ TV Movie Earns NBC High Ratings
In 2015, 13 million people tuned in to watch Dolly Parton's first made-for-TV movie, Coat of Many Colors. Although its sequel, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, did not garner quite as many viewers, it still earned strong ratings.
Christmas of Many Colors, which premiered on Wednesday (Nov. 30), earned 11.4 million viewers and a 1.8 ratings share in the adults 18-49 years of age demographic, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Those numbers put the film at the top of viewership in terms of total viewers, and helped NBC earn its highest-rated Wednesday night of the 2016-2017 season.
By comparison, when it aired during the holiday season of 2015, Coat of Many Colors became the most-watched movie on broadcast TV since May of 2012 and earned NBC its best total-viewer results in that time period since 2009’s ER series finale, excluding sports and live musicals.
Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love furthers the story of Parton's childhood, sharing the country icon's memories of one particular Christmas, and how her family began to realize that she could be a star. A DVD version of the movie will be available on Dec. 20.
“We just want families to feel closer together,” Parton explains of the film. “We’ve scattered so much, as a family, because of all the new ways, new technology — which is wonderful to have all these great things available to us — but I think we lose a lot, and have lost a lot, about family, so more than anything, I just want people to feel the joy of Christmas and what Christmas is really about, which is Jesus, and about just that love of family.”
Late Wednesday night, following Christmas of Many Colors' debut, Parton revealed her plans to give back to her home county, Sevier County, in Tennessee. The area -- specifically the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the latter of which is home to Parton's Dollywood theme park, her DreamMore Resort and two dinner theater attractions -- has been devastated by wildfires in recent days; in addition to claiming numerous lives, the fires have also left many families without homes. To help, Parton established the My People Fund, which will provide $1,000 a month for six months to each of the families who lost their home due to the wildfires.
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