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It can be difficult for an awards show to maintain ratings momentum — especially after two years of solid growth. So Sunday’s Golden Globes, the third and apparently final outing for co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was a victory in its ability to not lose much of the steam they captured two years ago.
Monday’s delayed final ratings from Nielsen give the three-hour NBC telecast a 5.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 19.3 million viewers with time zone adjustments. That’s on par with 2013 and just a shade off from last year.
The Golden Globes had been on an upswing since Fey and Poehler began their stint in 2013, when the show jumped nearly 30 percent. That rise prompted a speedy pact for the comedians to sign a two-year deal to stay on, where they continued to deliver in 2014. Final returns gave last year’s show lofty ten-year highs of 20.9 million viewers and a 6.5 rating among adults 18-49.
The Globes, of course, were not the only offerings last night. The rest of the broadcast networks packed the schedule with original counter-programming.
CBS’ football overage gave the network a huge advantage, starting primetime with a whopping 11.4 rating with adults 18-49 for the Colts-Broncos playoff game. That prompted skyrocketing stats for 60 Minutes (3.6 adults), a slightly boosted Madam Secretary (1.7 adults) and an even Good Wife (1.3 adults).
Fox, without a NFL lead-in, had new episodes of Mulaney (0.5 adults), The Simpsons (2.0 adults), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (1.5 adults), Family Guy (2.0 adults) and Bob’s Burgers (1.6 adults).
ABC saw series lows for Resurrection and Revenge, each averaging just a 0.8 rating with adults 18-49, after Galavant (1.3 adults) shed a sizable seven-tenths of a point from its season premiere.
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