Monday, January 12, 2015






The folks at the Oscars and ABC are looking at the Golden Globe numbers from last night very carefully. Last night’s Globes lost 1 million viewers from 2014–20.87 vs. 19.38. And the key demo wasn’t very good either– 6.5 vs. 5.8.  More numbers will come in from delayed viewing, but most people who watch awards shows watch ‘em when they’re happening. There were a lot of choices last night, including football, “Downton Abbey,” the whole CBS schedule, and the return of “he Bachelor.”
Also, as has been mentioned a lot, most of the movies featured were independents. The Hollywood Foreign Press had a good list, but they omitted “Unbroken,” “Interstellar,” and “American Sniper.”And their Best TV Comedy is on amazon.com, not on TV– “Transparent.” What? For people who sit in the front of an actual TV and enjoy regular shows, this had to be mystifying. It was oblique, to say the least.
The big surprise of the night was Prince, but that looked a little staged– like he knew he’d been presenting to John Legend and Common. Of course, the Oscars offer a lot more including six or seven musical numbers, rock stars, and a little more gravity to the whole business. But as I said last week, people at home are growing weary of awards shows. The numbers prove it.




latimes

Golden Globes ratings down from last year



Ratings momentum for the Golden Globes loss some steam Sunday night.

Co-hosting for the third (and apparently final) year, NBC vets Tina Fey and Amy Poehler didn’t quite go out with a ratings bang. Sunday’s 72nd Golden Globes telecast delivered 19.3 million viewers overall for the peacock network, according to fast-official ratings from Nielsen.

This year’s numbers were down about 8% compared with last year, when the telecast brought in 20.9 million viewers.The awards show had seen a turnaround since Fey and Poehler began their hosting duties in 2013. That year, the show rose nearly 30% — prompting a two-year deal for the duo. Last year’s telecast delivered the show’s biggest audience in a decade.

The former “Saturday Night Live” stars, who have been lauded for rejuvenating the awards ceremony, didn’t hold back in Sunday’s telecast, skewering Bill Cosby, poking fun at the Sony-North Korea debacle and roasting George Clooney over his new wife, Amal Alamuddin.

"Tina and Amy kill me,” Clooney told reporters backstage after accepting the Cecil B. DeMille award. “I think that they're the best hosts of this show. Last year's 'Gravity' joke was the best. Tonight, I thought it was hysterical. I hope they can talk them into [doing more].”

In the key demographic of adults ages 18 to 49, which is most coveted by advertisers, the Golden Globes earned a 5.8 rating, down nearly 11% from last year's 6.5 rating in the demo but still making it the highest rated prime-time entertainment telecast in the demo since then.

And of those watching, some tuned out before catching wins for “The Grand Budapest Hotel”  and “Boyhood” in the comedy or musical and drama categories, respectively. The final hour of the telecast, which unveils winners of the major film categories, saw a steep dropoff.
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