UPDATE: The total number was still lowest ever, but added about a half million viewers from delayed watching and other markets. The total 6.25 million may not be enough to save the Globes with NBC.
EARLiER The Golden Globes were a ratings bust– just 5.36 million in overnight ratings. Ouch. That’s down 23% from 2021, the last time the Globes aired.
The last ratings themselves were a collapse– from 18 million in 2020 to just 6.9 million in 2021. So these numbers from last night really hurt.
The show was panned by everyone for being boring and crude, an unusual combination. But the host, Jerrod Carmichael, was in over his head. The presenters were B list at best. The speeches were way too long. The entire offering was dreadful in ways we’d never seen before.
It didn’t help that the show began with Carmichael sitting on the stage, dressed in funereal black, talking gravely about racism in the Globes organization. What were the producers thinking? The immediate signal was, this is not about entertainment, so turn us off now. Yikes. And things only got worse as Carmichael was not funny, and kept appearing in odd outfits. The audience didn’t want to see it., the numbers bear that out.