‘The Waltons’ Homecoming Reboot Gives CW Best Ratings in Over Half a Year

by Matthew Memrick
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Fans checked in to see what the hype was about “The Waltons” Homecoming reboot, and they gave the CW Network its best rating in over half a year.

The redoing of the 1971 movie averaged about 960,000 viewers on Sunday, making it the most-watched CW show of the fall and since April 14. 

According to TVLine, the show brought in its typical 0.1 rating for the among the all-important 18-49 demographic. 

Where were the Sunday night eyeballs? They were watching Sunday Night Football with the Browns and Ravens on NBC (13.5 million). 

After football, 7.2 million checked in to watch CBS stalwart “60 Minutes” and a Lady Gaga/Tony Bennett concert (6.1 million). TVLine gave the concert an A+, by the way.

Fox’s “Simpsons” pulled in 3.7 million viewers and with 4.8 viewers for its other animated shows. Finally, ABC got 2.6 million for its “Wonderful World of Disney” special and another 2.3 million viewers for “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” 

The Critics Hated This “Waltons” Reboot

The typical saying is that if the fans love it, the critics hate it or vice versa. Well, this show tried to be young and appeal to older audiences, but was it successful?

TV Line gave the show an overall average of D+. Even with John Boy (played by Richard Thomas) serving as the narrator? 

Was it too clean for today’s American audiences? I mean, the plot’s pretty simple. John Sr. (Ben Lawson) works to get home for a Christmas homecoming but gets caught in a snowstorm when his bus goes off the road. Pretty basic, right?

Then, according to IMDb, John-Boy (Logan Shroyer) has to find his father, and the journey through it will change his life forever.

Time Elements Off For This “Waltons” Reboot

I mean, it’s supposed to be a dark and dirty Depression-era period piece, and everybody seems to be too clean. The clothes look new. Even Mary Ellen uses the word “ass” in one scene. Mary Ellen no longer calls Elizabeth a piss ant, which seems different.

Also, viewers could see some green screens in the driving scenes. Strange that no one edited that out. Another weird point was folks asking if anyone had heard from John. Since it’s 1933 with no cellphones, you have to find that strange too. 

Some just didn’t see much depth to the characters this time around.

Other family members in this movie include Olivia Walton (“Scandal” star Bellamy Young, Mary Ellen (“Criminal Mind” star Marcelle LeBlanc), and Sister Harriet (Longtime actress Marilyn McCoo) are in the mix.

Of course, Grandma and Grandpa Walton’s there, the Baldwin sisters and minister’s wife Rose (Jacinte Blankenship). Rose gets into the act when she invites the Waltons to her Baptist church for Christmas Eve.