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Dolly Parton’s ‘A Holly Dolly Christmas’ Wins TV Ratings on Sunday Broadcast

by Matthew Wilson
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Dolly Parton is in primetime now. The country singer has an even bigger reason to be thankful this year. Her holiday special “A Holly Dolly Christmas” drew in a big crowd this past Sunday (Dec. 6).

Over the years, the country singer hasn’t been camera shy. She had multiple TV shows and specials across her prolific career. Just this year, she appeared in multiple holiday specials with her signature brand of Christmas cheer. But the ratings’ performance for “Holly Dolly” might just be the capper to a year of hard work and promotion.

People are still tuning in to see the country music legend in droves. “A Holly Dolly Christmas” was the highest-rated hour of TV in the entertainment category and also highest rated on CBS. Around 6.2 million total viewers tuned in to watch Parton perform songs from her latest holiday album, according to TV Line. The special had the best demo rating (0.7).

Dolly Parton Invited Viewers For An Intimate Affair

Gone were the lights, pizazz, and showmanship that usually dominate holiday specials. Instead, Parton opted for something more scaled back and intimate than usual. The singer performed on a candlelit stage that instantly set a more reflective mood for the 74-year-old singer. The stage represented a “little house of prayer” like the one that her grandfather used to preach in.

Family played a large theme in the holiday special as Parton reflected on what it means to her. Between songs, she shared stories of her mother and other family members. She remembered a time long ago when she wasn’t Dolly Parton, country music legend. Instead, she was just another child in a large family growing up in Tennessee.

“You probably know me from my big hair, my shiny clothes, and all that,” Parton said during the special. “I grew up in a big ol’ family, 12 of us kids, six girls and six boys. We had a lot of fun growing up in the mountains. We didn’t have a lot of stuff that a lot of people have. Nothing that money could buy, anyway. But we had a lot of good stuff, things money don’t buy anyway. Things like love and kindness and understanding, and all that stuff that you really need, that you can’t put a price on, right?”