TV Ratings: Golden Globe Viewership Grows From Previous Two Years

Jimmy Fallon Golden Globes ratings
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UPDATED: Viewership of NBC’s Golden Globe Awards telecast was by far the big winner on Sunday night. The show brought in 20 million viewers on the nose and a 5.6 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.

Most awards shows are seeing declines of late, and the Globes isn’t immune, but the 74th edition was an improvement on the last two outings. Last year, the Golden Globes telecast ended up pulling in 18.5 million viewers, down from 19.3 million the previous year. Unlike last year, Fox’s NFC wildcard game was a beatdown of the Giants by the Packers that ended more or less around the time the Jimmy Fallon-hosted show began.

In the 56 overnight metered markets, which cover about 70% of U.S. TV households, the 8-11 p.m. ET live telecast delivered a 13.3 household rating/21 share, per NBC. That’s up 2% from last year and 6% from 2015, but down from the 14.0 rating the show garnered in 2014.

“La La Land” and “Moonlight” won big on the film side of things. Big winners on the night on the TV side included “The Night Manager,” “Atlanta,” and “The Crown,” though perennially popular HBO was shut out.

Elsewhere on the channel guide Sunday night:

That NFC wildcard came gave Fox’s entire lineup a massive boost, bringing in 34.27 million viewers in the 7 o’clock hour and a giant 10.8 rating in the demo. Consequently, “The Simpsons” drew a large 4.9 rating in the demo and 12.71 million viewers. “Son of Zorn” came in with a 2.3 and 5.29 million viewers. “Family Guy” drew a 1.8 and 4.07 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” drew a 1.5 and 3.4 million viewers.

CBS had the disadvantage of its AFC wildcard game ending early in the afternoon. “60 Minutes” came in with a 1.0 in the demo and 8.21 million viewers. “NCIS: Los Angeles” brought in a 1.3 and 10.35 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” notched a 0.9 and 8.9 million viewers. “Elementary” in its 10 p.m. slot drew a 0.7 and 5.15 million viewers.

On ABC, the first hour of a new “To Tell the Truth” brought in a 1.0 and 4.62 million viewers; the second brought in a 1.0 and 4.28 million viewers. “Conviction” finished off the night with a 0.5 — up from last week’s 0.4 — and 2.68 million viewers.

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

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  1. gail patterson says:

    They are lying about the ratings, just as they will lie about the oscars ratings

  2. kathryn Rea says:

    I will not watch them again and I changed the channel! I have never seen so much hate and people saying so many hateful things, lets give peace a chance folks! I am really disappointed in alot of stars that I adored.

  3. Stephen maxey says:

    A movie that had a total of about 6 million people watch it wins at the golden globes. Lets wait for the PEOPLES CHOICE” and see what happens. But hey these “artist’s” look down on their fans as they would rather get recognition from foreigners and film critics not fans.

  4. Linda says:

    The ratings for all the next award shows will be way way down

  5. Allan Crew says:

    I like how Hollywood thinks everyone in the room voted the same way. There are in fact many in Hollywood who keep their politics secret for fear of harassment & will go along with what others say in pubic but vote differently in the booth. And hypocritical of those that spoke since they work in one of the most racist industries with regards to African American, Asian, Latino roles & recognition, & older women’s roles.Meryl is one of the handful lucky older actresses. The speakers also seem to think that no one lives in those middle cities they fly over on their way back & forth coast to coast. I did find something else to watch instead & will do same during People’s Choice Awards – now if that isn’t hypocritical – performers will win for people’s choice when they don’t accept peoples’ choice in freedom of vote. The Bubble Community they are. Besides didn’t many of them vow to leave country after election???

  6. BillUSA says:

    The numbers don’t go up or down because of me. I’ve never watched the Golden Globe Awards because it’s a frivolous endeavor. The Oscars mattered to me until Brando sent that native American woman to stand in for him. If the Oscars no longer matter to me, then the Globes couldn’t possibly matter either.

    I’m sick of the political activism coming out of Hollywood. I don’t watch movies to appreciate the political opinions of the players at the cost of performances of actors I can admire. They can speak their minds on their own time, not the award ceremonies. And they should stop politicizing their works as well. After all, it’s supposed to be about art – not politics.

    These people live and work in fantasy. How can they have any grasp of reality regarding the normal people who make up most of the population? They speak only for themselves and don’t give a damn about their supporters. They care about ticket sales and their vote as long as it aligns with their politics.

    It’s a good thing for me that I don’t seek to meet any of those hypocritical, narcissistic anti-Americans. I would be arrested for spitting on them.

  7. A says:

    Talk about liberals’ power of sabotaging Hollywood ratings . HAHAHAHAHAHAHA ! UTTER CRAP.

  8. Bill B. says:

    The opening was good, and certainly an indication of what was to come, but the rest other than Streep’s brilliant speech about what’s happening in the world rather than talk about herself, was a typical awards show. It didn’t run much overtime, so that was good. Fallon wasn’t bad. More like a non-entity.

    • A says:

      Do you not agree that if the the ratings were down, there would be many Trump supporters over here and Twitter saying “We boycotted the Golden Globes. Nobody watches them. No one cares. Hollywood is going down” etc.?

  9. EllenB says:

    Maybe they’d get more viewers if they stopped feeling the need to bully everyone into forcibly listening to their political opinions (which are usually a bunch of nonsense).

    • JK says:

      Nobody bully you to listen when they ask the former presidential candidate to stop bullying and mocking a disable person, that’s not a bunch o nonsense, but a thoughtful call to decorum and care to our people.

      If you can’t understand that, well I pity you.

      • BillUSA says:

        What bullying? The only people guilty of bullying are the loudmouths who keep the memory alive. Move on.

  10. TT says:

    When will Hollywood ever learn that their job is to entertain us not steal our shows & turn them into their personal political oration platforms?

    • JK says:

      The Golden Globes are not your show, is the Hollywood Foreign Press awards show recognizing tv and film, you get to see it and also you have the right to change channel if you don’t like, that’s your right, but is not your show, nobody has stole it from you and more people liked what they saw, that’s why it had more viewers than the two previous years.

      If by political oration plattform you refer to the call to stop bullying and mocking a disable person, well, I pity you.

  11. The show was a mess. Turned it off after the first 10 mins.

  12. ashlyn says:

    With the exception of the opening musical number The Golden Globes was lifeless. Fallon’s jokes fell flat. Several actors/presenters looked uncomfortable when winners mouthed off on politics. Additionally, it was very annoying when winners when cut off and others were allowed to ramble on. Very disappointing.

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