NBC’s coverage of the Golden Globes drew its second largest audience since 2008 with more than 20 million viewers, according to fast official figures released by Nielsen.
Sunday’s ceremony from The Beverly Hilton hosted by “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon averaged 20.015 million viewers, an 8.1 percent increase over the 18.511 million average for last year’s ceremony, hosted by the English comedian Ricky Gervais.
Highlights included a critical review of President-elect Donald Trump by Meryl Streep who warned the Hollywood audience they are targets of Trump.
And the musical film “La La Land” landed most of the top awards.
Since 2008, only the 2014 ceremony, hosted by actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, drew more viewers, averaging 20.873 million.
The audience was the largest on broadcast television for any prime-time program, outside of sporting events, since the 2016 Academy Awards.
This was the third time since 2005 that the Golden Globes audience has topped 20 million viewers.
The increased Golden Globes viewership came after back-to-back decreases.
Final figures are scheduled to be released Tuesday, but are not expected to change significantly from the fast official figures.
—City News Service
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