TV Ratings: Golden Globes With Ricky Gervais Down Only Slightly, Hit 8-Year Viewer Low

Ricky Gervais at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards - NBC Publicity 2-H 2019
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The 2020 Golden Globe Awards came down a bit vs. last year's broadcast, but the show still put up healthy numbers compared to the rest of network TV this season.

The Ricky Gervais-hosted awards ceremony averaged 18.33 million viewers, a scant 2 percent drop from the 2019 show's 18.61 million. The kudocast fell a little bit more sharply in the key ad demographic of adults 18-49, dropping half a point to a 4.7 rating. That's a 10 percent decline year to year. 

The time zone-adjusted ratings show the Globes made up some ground from the preliminary numbers, which were off 6 percent in viewers (14.76 million) and 16 percent in adults 18-49 (3.8) vs. comparable figures in 2019. Fast national ratings are not very reliable for live broadcasts, and Sunday's numbers did indeed adjust up by a good amount — more, in fact, than they did last year.

Even with the fairly steady numbers, however, the Globes slipped to an eight-year low in viewers: The 2012 show (also hosted by Gervais) drew 16.85 million. The demo rating is the smallest for the awards since the Writers Guild strike year of 2008, when the Globes became a star-free press conference announcing the winners.

Sunday night's show also didn't have quite as direct a lead-in from NBC's NFL playoff game. The wild-card matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles ended at 7:39 p.m. ET, meaning there were 21 minutes of audience-sapping postgame coverage, while last year's game ended just six minutes before the Globes began.

Still, NBC's kudocast is the most-watched entertainment show on TV since the finale of The Big Bang Theory in May. 

Opposite the Globes, Fox's Family Guy and ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos recorded the night's best 18-49 ratings at 0.7. ABC's Shark Tank, CBS' 60 Minutes and Fox's The Simpsons each recorded 0.6s. ABC's Kids Say the Darndest Things and CBS' NCIS: Los Angeles came in at 0.5, and CBS' God Friended Me suffered season lows of 0.4 in adults 18-49 and 5.37 million viewers.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes, is a division of Valence Media, which also owns The Hollywood Reporter.

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Jan. 6, 10:20 a.m. Updated with adjusted ratings for the Golden Globes.