Friday, April 12, 2024

TV Ratings: Golden Globes Show Loses Over 1 Million People as “Boyhood” Wins


The folks at the Oscars and ABC are looking at the Golden Globe numbers from last night very carefully. Last night’s Globes lost 1 million viewers from 2014–20.87 vs. 19.38. And the key demo wasn’t very good either– 6.5 vs. 5.8.  More numbers will come in from delayed viewing, but most people who watch awards shows watch ’em when they’re happening. There were a lot of choices last night, including football, “Downton Abbey,” the whole CBS schedule, and the return of “he Bachelor.”

Also, as has been mentioned a lot, most of the movies featured were independents. The Hollywood Foreign Press had a good list, but they omitted “Unbroken,” “Interstellar,” and “American Sniper.”And their Best TV Comedy is on, not on TV– “Transparent.” What? For people who sit in the front of an actual TV and enjoy regular shows, this had to be mystifying. It was oblique, to say the least.

The big surprise of the night was Prince, but that looked a little staged– like he knew he’d been presenting to John Legend and Common. Of course, the Oscars offer a lot more including six or seven musical numbers, rock stars, and a little more gravity to the whole business. But as I said last week, people at home are growing weary of awards shows. The numbers prove it.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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