Update, 3:54 PM: The winners were announced last night and now, after Nielsen processing delays, the numbers are finally in for the 72nd Annual Golden Globes. Delayed because of processing issues at Nielsen, it looks like the last of the three HFPA shindigs to be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are down from last year.
Last night’s 3-hour live NBC broadcast drew a 5.8 among adults 18-49. That’s down 11% from than the 6.5 that the 2014 Globes got in adjusted ratings and down 9% from what the 2013 show pulled. In terms of viewership, the 71st annual Golden Globes ended up being watched by 20.9 million, the best the show had done since 2004. In contrast, last night’s 8 PM to 11:05 PM ET show, which saw big wins for Boyhood, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2, The Affair and Amazon Studios’ Transparent, pulled an audience of 19.3 million – which is a 7% decline from last year.
Fast nationals to fast nationals, NBC’s 2015 Golden Globes Arrival Special (2.2/6) was down 21% from last year. Which might have had something to do with a certain football game on CBS.
Coming off the Indianapolis Colts’ AFC Championship game advancing 24-13 win over the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning, CBS had no football overruns against the Globes for the first time in several years. But, with a 1% uptick over last year, the 4:45 PM to 8 PM, the AFC Divisional playoff game had a very strong 25.4/41 metered market result.
Afterwards, the network had a unsurprisingly surging 60 Minutes (3.6/9), which was up 350% over last week’s 7 PM airing in non-time zone adjusted result. Coming down a bit to non-NFL lead in Earth, Madam Secretary (1.7/4) as up 13% over its January 4 show while Globes nominee The Good Wife (1.4/5) ended the night for CBS even with last week.
Fox started its Sunday off with a new Mulaney (0.5/1), which was up for once, with a 25% rise of its last original of December 21.After a Simpsons repeat, it was a highly anticipated original The Simpsons (2.0/5) last night at 8 PM. Penned by Judd Apatow as a spec script almost a quarter of a century ago and with an on-air tribute to the victims of the shooting at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, last night’s episode of the animated series was down 57% from last week’s NFL led-in show. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.5/4) was down 50% from its January 4 show, which saw a NFL overrun lead-in to the night, but actually up 7% from its November 30 show – the last time it didn’t have football on the schedule. Up a slight 5% from its November 30 show, Family Guy (2.0/5) was down 28% from last week. Up 60% from its last original on November 30 without a NFL lead-in, Bob’s Burgers (1.6/4) was down 19% from last week.
Golden Globes and some football aside, things were a little bit more apples to apples over on ABC. America’s Funniest Home Videos (1.1/3) began the network’s Sunday primetime. Facing off against the NFL on CBS and the Globes pre-show on NBC, the long running unscripted show was down 15% from last week. Newbie Galavant (1.3/3) tumbled 35% in its second week on the competitive night with back-to-back episodes. Following that, Resurrection (0.8/2) and Revenge (0.8/2) were down double digits with 20% and 11% drops from their January 4 shows. In preliminary ratings, those results are series lows for the duo. The CW was all encores.
Previous, 8:24 AM: There were surprises (The Affair), firsts (Amazon Studios’ Transparent), heartfelt speeches (Michael Keaton), George Clooney and yes North Korea gags on the 72nd annual Golden Globes last night. Amidst all that and more, NBC’s three-hour live telecast also saw former Saturday Night Live castmates Tina Fey and Amy Poehler end their three-year reign as hosts on a reasonably steady but qualified footing.
In metered-market results, the Globes drew a 12.7/19 rating. That’s down 9% from 2014, with markets in Denver and Albuquerque not reporting today. Take into account that last year’s result was the best the Globes had done in meter-market results since a host was introduced in 2010 for the yearly gathering at the Beverly Hilton. In fact, in MM ratings, the 2014 HFPA event was up 8% from 2013’s 13.1/20 MM result to be the best the Globes had done since 2007. Still, even with two of Nielsen’s 56 metered markets missing, last night’s Globes did better in MM results that any of the HFPA annual ceremony’s 2008-12 shows.
Fast nationals will be delayed today due to Nielsen processing issues, we’re told. Having said that, we’ll update later with time-zone-adjusted ratings for the Globes and everything else on TV last night when we get them.
However, here are a few numbers to keep in mind. The 2014 Golden Globes got a 5.4/13 rating in non-time-zone-adjusted fast nationals. That went up to a 6.5 in adjusted nationals, a 2% rise over the 2013 broadcast and matching the show’s 2007 airing for its best result since 2004. With 20.9 million viewers, last year’s Globes was up 6% over the year before and, again, was the best the NBC -aired ceremony done since its January 25, 2004, show.