Kirk Franklin’s ‘Gospel Christmas’ & Mya’s ‘Christmas Melody’ Draw Solid Ratings for Lifetime

Published: Friday 10th Dec 2021 by Rashad

Music superstars Kirk Franklin and Mya Harrison were just a few of the big names tapped to help Lifetime bring in some holiday cheer this year via their annual #ItsaWonderfulLifetime campaign, with each GRAMMY winner toplining one of the network’s most highly anticipated showings.

With Franklin’s ‘A Gospel Christmas’ and Harrison’s ‘My Favorite Christmas Melody’ premiered December 4 and December 5 respectively, the musical-laden Lifetime movies packed a potent, 1-2 punch on the critical and ratings front.

Look inside to see how each fared.

Viewership:  817,000

‘Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas,’ starring singer-actress Demetria McKinney and Chaz Lamar Shepherd, was unwrapped to a viewing audience of 817,000 – making it the second highest-viewed new scripted program on cable December 4.

Already breaking new ground for Lifetime as the network’s first Gospel-inspired holiday film, the Erica Sutherlin-directed jaunt ranked #21 among the top 50 highest-rated cable programs of the day (all programming types considered).



Viewership:  508,000

Starring opposite Canadian actor-singer Rainbow Sun Francks, R&B veteran Mya took center stage for Lifetime’s ‘My Favorite Christmas Melody’ Sunday (December 5).

The touching tale of a musician fighting for recognition after having her music stolen wooed an audience of 508,000 – making it the third highest-viewed new scripted program on cable for its hour.

Among all scripted cable programs of the day, ‘Melody’ finished 9th place in the viewership race.


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  1. Justme December 10, 2021

    Yasss give Mya more roles she dies what needed to be done

  2. Uggh December 10, 2021

    We need a song named Black Christmas not just white Christmas!

  3. Anne December 10, 2021

    I enjoyed Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas but I honestly couldn’t get into the one with May’s. Her singing may have had something to do with my inability to pay attention.

    • Anne December 10, 2021


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