Saturday, April 13, 2024

Golden Globes Numbers Were Worse Than Thought: Lowest Ever, Down 62%, A Third of Regular Audience


The final numbers for the Golden Globes were worse than imagined. Just 6,913,000 tuned into the NBC show on Sunday.

Last year’s Globes had 18.3 million viewers.

What the heck happened?

Contributing factors were the scandals around the Globes which finally resonated for viewers. I’ve written about the Hollywood Foreign Press for years. But it finally sank in this year that the group has no black voters and constantly snubs black films.

This year, the revelations came just in the week leading up to the broadcast. Suddenly, three of the four acting winners in the main categories were black actors. It’s hard to believe those were the original choices, but I’ll accept it.

I don’t know how the Globes can change, but there is a replacement: the Critics Choice Awards. Diverse and professional, the voting membership of around 300 critics is qualified and unimpeachable. The show airs this Sumday on the CW Network. CBS should just pick it up and run it on their main networks. There’s never any controversy and the group’s choices are usually spot on.


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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