The 2018 Golden Globes totaled 19.0 million total viewers, which was down 5 percent from the prior year. That tally was second-best for the special in a decade.
The Seth Meyers-hosted NBC show drew a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49 on Sunday, according to Nielsen’s fast-official ratings. Jimmy Fallon emceed the event in 2017, which posted a 5.6 demo rating.
The live broadcast is expected to grab NBC a win in total viewers for the night, despite Fox’s high-rated NFL playoff matchup between the Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints. In adults 18-49, the 5.0 rating equals the highest primetime rating on the broadcast networks for an entertainment telecast since the Academy Awards last February.
This year’s Globes ended up being the most-watched primetime entertainment show, on broadcast or cable, since the Academy Awards last February (which pulled 32.9 million viewers total). The show also takes the highest primetime rating for an entertainment telecast since the 2017 Oscars.
The awards show quadrupled the network’s non-sports average in the time period compared to last season in the 18-49 demo (5.0 vs. 1.2) and is up 13.2 million people in total viewers.
The arrivals special, which aired from 7-8 posted a 5.5 rating in metered-market households, gaining a 17 percent jump over last year. The 2018 red carpet show is the top “arrivals” special in these markets since 2014. The pre-show hasn’t rated higher since it posted a 5.6 in 2009.