Rating Increase for Golden Globes Awards This Year

The Nielsen Co. says Sunday’s Golden Globes awards ceremony got a nice ratings bump over last year.

With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handling host duties, the NBC telecast was seen by 19.7 million viewers. That’s an audience growth of 2.8 million viewers (or 17%) over last year’s show, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais.

It was the top-rated Globes in six years, according to national figures released Monday.

For the fourth year, the Globes were televised live to all time zones, and some western markets also carried an encore telecast following the live coverage, which began at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

NBC said the telecast is the season’s most-watched awards program, topping the CMA Awards, Emmy Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice awards.

The Grammy Awards will be held February 10. The Academy Awards are February 24.
Here is the list of winners in the film and television categories at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, handed out Sunday at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California

Picture, Musical or Comedy: “Les Miserables.”
Actor, Drama: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln.”
Actress, Drama: Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Director: Ben Affleck, “Argo.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained.”
Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables.”
Foreign Language: “Amour.”
Animated Film: “Brave.”
Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, “Django Unchained.”
Original Score: Mychael Danna, “Life of Pi.”
Original Song: “Skyfall” (music and lyrics by Adele and Paul Epworth), “Skyfall.”

Series, Drama: “Homeland.”
Series, Musical or Comedy: “Girls.”
Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, “Homeland.”
Actor, Drama: Damian Lewis, “Homeland.”
Actress, Musical or Comedy: Lena Dunham, “Girls.”
Actor, Musical or Comedy: Don Cheadle, “House of Lies.”
Miniseries or Movie: “Game Change.”
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, “Game Change.”
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, “Hatfields & McCoys.”
Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Maggie Smith, “Downton Abbey.”
Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Ed Harris, “Game Change.”

Previously announced:
Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award: Jodie Foster

Even though I didn’t publish my guesses this year online, I must say I did ok. 18-7. Ran out of time!

But I will do my guesses for the Oscars.

When the best picture drama category was announced, I said ‘Argo’ out loud. My boyfriend was stunned and confused. ‘Over Lincoln?’ ‘Yes.’

‘….and the Golden Globe goes to Argo.’

I had to explain the Golden Globes are not the Oscars. Yes, Lincoln will win. But not on this show. He doesn’t like watching award shows – likes to more make fun of them, and each year I end up kicking him out of the room! My mother and I always watched them, but since she died last January, I’ve watched them by myself. Not as fun.

The Golden Globes seem to be more about fun, and new, exciting, different ideas. What’s fresh? Glee was hot a few years back and was rewarded for it, now it’s ‘Girls.’ ‘Mad Men’ was too. Now, only Jon Hamm is nominated – and still has yet to win. ’30 Rock’ was big – even though it’s still on the air, it’s starting to get side-lined by other shows.

The Oscars are more about traditional, new ideas are seldomly acknowledged. They are, but voters tend to stick more with solid, old-school ideas and movies. Does that make sense?

Another clue is hype beforehand. How much did you hear about Lincoln, over Les Miz and Zero Dark Thirty? And notice the Dark Knight Rises got nothing. As I expected. Sadly, it’s legacy is now tainted.

Those are just some of my observations I’ve made over the years.

What did you think about last night’s show?


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