TV Ratings: Golden Globes Audience Dips to 19 Million

The audience slips a modest 5 percent from 2017, with a slightly steeper demo decline.
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All eyes may not have been on Seth Meyers last night — but a lot of them were.

Adjusted returns for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards have the telecast down a little from the previous year. The show, which ran for three hours and change, averaged 19 million viewers and a 5.0 rating among adults 18-49.

Early numbers had the show steady, even slightly improved from the previous year's telecast, with a 13.4 rating overnight rating among metered market households. But these new numbers reflect a 5 percent audience drop and a more painful 11 percent decline in the key demo. (The previous year's show averaged a 13.3 overnight rating, ultimately averaging 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49.)

The Golden Globes still remain one of the safest bets in TV. The show marked the most-watched and highest-rated non-sports telecast since the 2017 Academy Awards. It still regularly ranks as the No. 3 awards telecast on the TV calendar, trailing only the Grammys and the dominant Oscars.

Meyers hosted the telecast but spent relatively little time onstage, where his barbs were reserved for the many Hollywood men brought down by sexual harassment and assault. The rest of the evening, filled with wins for TV series Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale and film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was marked by rousing speeches about the calls for parity. 

Sunday's Globes telecast was the last one on the current contract between the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and NBC. And while a return to the network is considered likely, it's technically up in the air as to where next year's Globes will run.

Editor's Note: The Golden Globe Awards show is produced by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.

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