"Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors" aired on NBC on Wednesday, November 30. It was the sequel to last year's "Coat of Many Colors" based on Parton's early life. Sequels don't usually have a higher rating than the original. This was certainly true for Dolly Parton's two movies based on her young life.

'Christmas of Many Colors'

Both movies scored solid ratings, but based on the numbers so far, "Coat of Many Colors" last December had a higher rating. That movie had 13 million viewers compared to "Christmas of Many Colors" with 11.5 million viewers.

NBC won with its first Wednesday of the season in almost nine years with a #1 show of the night, with the exception of the Olympics on January 9, 2008 with 11.3 million viewers. It is also the first time this season that FOX has been beaten when "Empire" was broadcast. "Christmas of Many Colors" joins "Coat of Many Colors" as the two most-watched movies in the last four and a half years on NBC and the other networks.

'Coat of Many Colors'

"Coat of Many Colors" was a made-for-TV film based on Parton's song of the same name.

It did not contain as many miracles as "Christmas of Many Colors." Both movies were about 9-year-old Dolly growing up in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Alyvia Alyn Lind reprised her role as young Dolly, with Jennifer Nettles and Ricky Schroder playing Parton’s parents. The country music icon appears in the sequel but not in the original. She played a "painted lady" or prostitute in "Christmas of Many Colors."

Dolly Parton narrated both movies.

Some critics said they liked "Coat of Many Colors" better because it was centered entirely on one main theme, the coat. "Christmas of Many Colors" had too many colors, according to USA Today. In other words, there were too many miracles to deal with in the short span of one movie. For instance, the father escaped from a collapsed mine, the mother was stuck in a house with her children because of a blizzard.

They had no food, water, or heat, but they did have a sick baby. They struggled to get money for a ring for the mother and ended up getting one for the father as well.

The singer signed a deal with NBC last year for four films. Two of them have already aired. The third film based on Parton's hit song, "Jolene" is scheduled to be released in 2017. The fourth slot has not been determined yet. Parton said it might be a musical special around Easter or Christmas.

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