×

TV Ratings: Dolly Parton Beats ‘Empire’ in Total Viewers, but Cookie Wins in Demo

In the battle between Cookie and Dolly, Cookie wins, at least in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Fox’s “Empire” drew a series-low 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, but that was more than enough to beat out NBC’s “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors” (1.7). The second of Dolly Parton’s Christmas-themed original movies attracted more total viewers, though, with an average audience of 11.5 million; “Empire” came in with 7.82 million. “Empire” lead-in “Lethal Weapon” garnered a 1.7 rating in the demo and 6.42 million viewers.

NBC’s annual telecast of the lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center drew a 1.7 in the demo and 10.51 million viewers. “Christmas of Many Colors” was down a tenth in the demo and about a million and a half total viewers from last year’s Parton pic, “Coat of Many Colors.”

The CW’s sprawling DC crossover continued to bring in a good-sized crowd. “Arrow” reeled in a 1.3 in the demo and 3.52 million total viewers for its 100th episode. “Frequency” didn’t benefit much, though, with a 0.3 in the demo and 1.08 million viewers.

On ABC, “The Goldbergs” pulled in a 1.7 and 5.9 million viewers. “Speechless” drew a low 1.5 and 4.93 million viewers. “Modern Family” came in with a 2.2 and 6.79 million viewers, while “Black-ish” ticked up to a 1.8 and 5.43 million viewers. “Designated Survivor” capped off the night with a slightly up 1.3 and 5.48 million viewers.

CBS’ “Survivor” nabbed a 1.9 in the demo and 8.77 million viewers. “Criminal Minds” weighed in with a 1.5 and 7.39 million viewers. “Code Black” ticked up to a 1.0 and 5.93 million viewers.

As a reminder, most of these shows will see lifts of 50% or more once viewing within three and seven days is counted. However, most of these gains won’t translate to the ratings networks guarantee advertisers.

If you missed “Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors,” the Digital HD is available today and the DVD is available on December 20. Check out an exclusive clip of Dolly reminiscing about her Christmases growing up below.

More TV

  • Alicia Keys23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards,

    Alicia Keys Will Return as 2020 Grammy Awards Host

    Alicia Keys will return as the host of the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. Keys hosted the awards show for the first time in 2019. She will become the third woman and the first female music star to host the show twice. Keys has won 15 Grammy awards and is second only to Paul Simon as [...]

  • AMERICAN HORROR STORY: 1984 -- Pictured:

    'American Horror Story' Recap: '1984's' 'Final Girl' Revealed

    SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Final Girl,” the finale episode of “American Horror Story: 1984.” The final episode of “American Horror Story: 1984” is appropriately called “The Final Girl,” a reference to the term given to that one (usually virginal) young woman who manages to survive the massacre in most [...]

  • Lady Antebellum and Halsey53rd Annual CMA

    Halsey Puts the Extra Lady in Lady Antebellum in Elegant CMA Awards Medley

    Halsey is increasingly proving herself a woman for all seasons in her varied TV appearances and awards show collaborations, and Wednesday’s CMA Awards telecast was no exception, as she ingratiated herself into the country vocal trio Lady Antebellum for some flawless four-part harmony on a medley of two of their respective hits. She and Lady [...]

  • The Bachelor

    TV News Roundup: ABC Announces Premiere Date for 'The Bachelor' Season 24

    In today’s TV news roundup, ABC announced the premiere date for “The Bachelor” Season 24, while Showtime set a date for Eddie Griffin’s new comedy special. CASTING Freeform announced that it has cast the pilot for “Last Summer.“ Chiara Aurelia will star as Jeanette and Mika Abdalla will star as Kate in this “unconventional thriller” about [...]

  • Mandalorian Pose Stranger Things

    'The Mandalorian,' 'Pose,' 'Stranger Things' Among Nominees for Top TV Publicity Campaign

    The Disney Plus series “The Mandalorian,” three other streaming series, and two FX series have been nominated by Hollywood union publicists for the year’s top publicity campaign. “Catch 22,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Pose,” “Stranger Things” and “When They See Us” picked up the other nominations. The nominees for the International Cinematographers Guild Publicists’ Maxwell Weinberg Award for [...]

  • Paradigm's Liz Morentin portrait session in

    Paradigm's Executive VP of Communications Liz Morentin to Exit Agency

    Liz Morentin is stepping down from her role as executive vice president of communications at Paradigm, Variety has learned. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Morentin’s departure was amicable and she will stay on at the agency through the end of the year to help with the transition. No replacement has been named at [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content