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Golden Globes Attracts 9.4 Million Viewers

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The Golden Globes averaged 9.4 million viewers on Sunday evening, in keeping with Nielsen, a rise over the 2023 ceremony rankings however nonetheless considerably decrease than the viewers totals of just some years in the past.

Till 2020, the Globes repeatedly drew 17 million to twenty million viewers. In 2019, the Globes was narrowing the viewership hole with the Oscars so considerably that it appeared the telecast may turn out to be the most-watched awards present.

After which catastrophe struck.

First got here the pandemic, which disadvantaged the 2021 Globes of its normal booze-soaked freewheeling ceremony, sending the rankings tumbling. Then got here a scandal for the group that administers the Globes, which led NBC to refuse to broadcast the 2022 ceremony. Final yr, NBC gave the Globes a one-year probability, and the viewers figures had been nonetheless low: simply over six million folks watched.

For months, there was hypothesis {that a} streaming service like Netflix or Amazon may decide up the rights to the Globes. That didn’t occur. In November, CBS picked up the rights for one more one-year association. (In an announcement asserting the deal, George Cheeks, the CBS president, mentioned that the Globes may assist promote scripted programming that had been delayed by final yr’s strikes in Hollywood. These exhibits premiere subsequent month.)

CBS introduced a number — a comparatively unknown Jo Koy — just a few days earlier than Christmas.

Critiques for Mr. Koy had been harsh, with critics taking specific challenge with the comic’s weird mid-monologue pivot, wherein he blamed different writers for a few of his uninteresting jokes. “Yo, I received the gig 10 days in the past, you need an ideal monologue?” he mentioned. “Yo, shut up. You’re kidding me, proper? Decelerate. I wrote a few of these — and so they’re those you’re laughing at.”

Critics weren’t variety to the telecast, both. Vainness Truthful called it a “near-total catastrophe” and a critic at The Hollywood Reporter said it was “the dullest awards present” he had ever seen. The Ankler likened it to the “RC Cola of award exhibits.”