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Golden Globes Rise 1 Percent in Early TV Ratings

Seth Meyers-hosted special narrowly beats Jimmy Fallon’s 2017 event in metered markets

Last Updated: January 8, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

The 2018 Golden Globes — emceed by “Late Night” host Seth Meyers — grew 1 percent from the prior year, according to Nielsen’s earliest-available TV ratings.

Sunday’s special received a 13.4 rating household TV rating and 21 share from Nielsen.

Last year’s awards show, which was hosted by Jimmy Fallon of “The Tonight Show” — Seth’s normal late-night lead-in — received a 13.3 household TV rating from Nielsen. That was up 2 percent from 2016’s 13.0, meaning this marks the third year in a row that the Globes have grown in metered-market households.

The January 2017 version had been the second-best metered market showing for the special in a decade (since 2007’s 16.0), but now Meyers’ event has knocked Fallon out as the new first runner-up.

One percent may seem small, but any increase for awards shows are difficult to come by these days. So whether or not readers and critics think Meyers did a good job, he proved a good choice as master of ceremonies.

Sunday’s big winners were “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Big Little Lies.” See the full list of winners and nominees here.

Fast-national Nielsen numbers for the entire broadcast will be available in a few hours, with final figures expected later today.