Fans and critics alike warmly embraced "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" after its Thursday night premiere on NBC. Not taking into account sports and live musicals, Dolly's heartwarming story drew the largest audience the network has seen in this time slot in six years, according to The Wrap. Headline Planet gives a complete Nielsen ratings report.
In addition to the huge viewership, critics gave this heartfelt story high praises.
"Like Parton's music, [Coat of Many Colors] manages to be somehow clear- and misty-eyed at once, a mix of the natural and the sentimental." Los Angeles Times
"'Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors' is a TV movie like mama used to make." Variety
"[Coat of Many Colors] will warm winter audiences with its inspiring tale of overcoming devastating tragedy, discovering the healing power of faith and love, and Parton’s triumphant spirit as a 9-year-old girl in the Great Smokey [sic] Mountains." Biography
"[Coat of Many Colors] extols faith, love of family, love of the Lord and a child having the strength and wisdom to stand up for those values when others mock them.” Huffington Post
“Nettles captures the quiet, solitary sadness of Dolly’s mother with great subtlety, and it’s a pleasure to hear the Sugarland singer’s beautiful voice…” Entertainment Weekly
“In her dolled-up, down-home way, Parton seems determined to teach her fans to love one another at least as much as they love her.” The Washington Post
“This is the time of year when sentimentality can be a warming thing, and Parton’s Coat will keep an awful lot of people warm this winter.” Yahoo!
Watch "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" on NBC.com or the NBC app.
Fans can also enter to win a “Coat of Many Colors” merchandise prize pack, a tour of Dolly's Tennessee Mountain Home and much more in Dolly Parton's "Coat of Many Colors" Sweepstakes.