Golden Globes Shed 410,000 Viewers From 2018, but Rise 4 Percent in Key Demo Ratings

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Last Updated: January 7, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

The 2019 Golden Globes may not have been able to match the total audience size of years past, but Sunday night’s telecast actually improved upon last year in the 18-49 demo.

The NBC broadcast finished the night with 18.6 million total viewers, which was down about 2 percent from last year’s total of 19.0 million. Ultimately, the show came in as the least-watched Golden Globes telecast since 2016.

But the good news for NBC is that among adults 18 to 49, the show actually bucked the trend to build upon last year’s audience by four percent. With a 5.2 rating according to Nielsen’s fast official data, the 2019 Golden Globes beat the 5.0 rating of the Seth Meyers-hosted ceremony a year ago.

Read the special’s earlier-available overnight ratings here, and find out how the rest of broadcast TV fared here.

Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh emceed Hollywood’s Biggest Party on Sunday night, opting for playful goofs and emotional resonance over Ricky Gervais-style roasts of years past. The duo’s opening monologue included an emotional speech from the “Killing Eve” star about the strides Hollywood has taken in recognizing the importance of representation and diversity in the past year.

The night’s big winners included Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” the Netflix comedy series “The Kominsky Method,” Rami Malek and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma.”

The NBC broadcast was boosted a down-to-the-wire NFL Playoffs lead-in, with the defending Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles earning a road win off a double-doink field-goal attempt by Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey.

It marks the highest-rated entertainment telecast since ABC’s blockbuster debut of its “Roseanne” revival last spring and is just about the only major awards show in the last year not to see a year-over-year decline.