Golden Globes 2019: Good Ratings, Slight Rise

The 2019 Golden Globes enjoyed a rise in the Nielsen ratings compared to last year’s telecast.

76th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Jeff Bridges, winner of Cecil B. Demille Award at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

The awards telecast drew a 5.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 18.6 million viewers. The 2018 telecast drew a 5.0 rating and 19 million viewers, meaning this year was up a few percentage points in the demo and down just a few percentage points in total viewers.

The telecast also drew a 12.7 rating in metered market households, down just under five percent from the 13.3 the 2018 telecast drew.

The household rating decline came in spite of the fact that the nail-biter NFL matchup between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Chicago Bears led into awards telecast on ABC.

The game averaged a 22.9 household rating, peaking at a 27.6 in the 15 minutes immediately preceding the Golden Globes.

The fact that the ratings were up at all is a major reason for celebration.

Awards show and live events have suffered noticeable audience decline in recent years.  Shows like the Oscars and the Emmys saw significant drop offs in their television audience this year; both hit all-time viewership low in 2018.