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Ratings: Golden Globe Awards Dip From Last Year (Updated)

Sunday night’s ceremony slips slightly from 2014, but holds up against 2013 and 2012 numbers

The Golden Globe Awards airing on NBC Sunday night suffered a slight ratings dip from last year’s ceremony, according to preliminary numbers — a downtick that’s softened by the fact that the 2014 show reached a 10-year high for the awards presentation.

According to approximate fast national numbers, CBS actually topped NBC in both the key demo and viewers. However, don’t bank on either of those yet, as due to the nature of live programming, the football preemptions on CBS and NBC’s Golden Globes telecast are still not set in stone.

For now, CBS was first in ratings with a 4.5 rating/12 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and first in viewers with an average of 18.5 million. The NFL Playoffs game in the 7 p.m. hour scored night-highs of an 11.4/31 and 36.6 million viewers. At 8, “60 Minutes” received a 3.6/9 and 17.4 million viewers. “Madam Secretary” at 9 had a 1.7/4 and 11.6 million viewers. “The Good Wife” at 10 got a 1.3/4 and 8.5 million viewers.

NBC was second in the ratings with a 4.3/11 and in viewers with 14.5 million. The Golden Globes arrivals at 7 had a 2.2/6 and 9.5 million viewers. The awards show itself at 8 earned a 5.0/13 and 16.1 million viewers. The metered market numbers for the TV and film awards are shown below.

Fox was third in ratings with a 1.4/4 and fourth in viewers with 3.1 million. “Mulaney” at 7 had a 0.5/1 and 1.3 million viewers. Following a rerun, “The Simpsons” at 8 got a 2.0/5 and 4.4 million. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” at 8:30 received a 1.5/4 and 3.3 million viewers. “Family Guy” at 9 had a 2.0/5 and 4.1 million viewers. “Bob’s Burgers” at 9:30 got a 1.6/4 and 3.3 million viewers.

ABC was fourth in ratings with a 1.0/3 and third in viewers with 4.2 million. “America’s Funniest Home Videos” at 7 had a 1.1/3 and 6 million viewers. “Galavant” at 8 got a 1.3/3 and 4.1 million viewers. “Resurrection” at 9 received a 0.8/2 and 3.1 million viewers. At 10, “Revenge” drew a 0.8/2 and 3.6 million viewers.

Univision was fifth in ratings with a 0.8/2 and in total viewers with 2.1 million.

Telemundo was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/1 and in total viewers with 996,000.


Sunday night’s Golden Globes averaged a 12.6 rating/19 share in household ratings from the 56 markets metered by Nielsen. That’s down from the 14.1/21 that last year’s show notched, which translated nationally to a 10-year high in both total viewers, with 20.9 million, and matched a 10-year high in the key 18-49 demographic.

To compare Sunday night’s Globes to other recent ceremonies, the 12.6/19 is more on par with the 13.1/20 that the 2013 show logged and bests the 11.7/18 that the 2012 ceremony took in.