The NBC telecast is up 1 percent from 2017, its third year of similar (if slight) growth.
All eyes may not have been on Seth Meyers last night — but a lot of them were.
Early returns for the 2018 Golden Globe Awards have the telecast up by just a hair from the previous year. The show, which ran for three hours and change, averaged a 13.4 rating overnight rating among metered market households.
That’s up 1 percent, compared to the same numbers last year, for the NBC telecast. The previous year’s show averaged a 13.3 overnight rating, ultimately averaged 20 million viewers and a 5.6 rating among adults 18-49.
Meyers hosted the telecast but spent relatively little time on stage, 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 a films Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, was marked by rousing speeches about the calls for parity. It’s the third year in a row that the show was improved in earlier numbers, the only awards show to pull such a feat.
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 the next year’s Globes will run.
Additional ratings info for the 2018 Golden Globes, including total viewership, will arrive later on Monday.