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TV Ratings: Golden Globe Viewership Grows From Previous Two Years

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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