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The Golden Globes ARE DONE! 80th awards ratings and viewership plummet

Tuesday’s viewership, of 6.3 million, was the lowest since NBC started broadcasting the awards show in 1996
UPDATED JAN 12, 2023
Golden Globe Award show rating tanks (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Golden Globe Award show rating tanks (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Golden Globes returned to broadcast television this year, after 2021. However, its return was sadder to see than the time it was canceled. The ratings apparently slumped to a new low altogether according to recent reports after the troubled award show tried to bounce back from its recent scandals. In March 2021, the last time the  Golden Globes aired on NBC, the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler-hosted 78th Golden Globes drew a mere 6.9 million viewers and a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49, according to time zone-adjusted numbers for the Sunday show, which was a bicoastal and virtual affair amid the pandemic. Nonetheless, the Globes’ last pre-pandemic ceremony, in January 2020, drew 18.3 million viewers.

Can the past expose report be the reason for the ratings and viewership to collapse? One can't be sure. Although, after the hiatus in 2021 due to protests about the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s perceived lack of diversity, the Golden Globe award show has undergone a massive restructuring before returning to television screens this week. 


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According to Deadline, the 2023 Golden Globe Awards, likely the final one on NBC, drew 6.3 million total viewers on the broadcast television network. That is down 10 percent from the last Globes that aired, which was marred by the Covid pandemic and occurred relatively late into the new year, on February 28, 2021. 

The Globes were not televised at all last year when NBC pulled the plug due to outrage over the lack of diversity and alleged ethical shortcomings of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which organizes the awards. In fact, the ’23 Golden Globes, which aired on a Tuesday, had a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, per recent data.

Furthermore, the night was filled with a mix of good and bad moments. A lot of big-name shows won, including 'House of the Dragon' bafflingly taking the Best Drama series trophy. Colin Farrell and Martin McDonagh both won big for their film, 'The Banshees of Inisherin.' Eddie Murphy got a career achievement award and gave an amusing speech.