The ratings are in for the 2023 Golden Globes and they are not good at all for any fans of awards shows. The broadcast had 6.2 million viewers, which is its lowest total since 2008. Worth noting, the show that year was during a writers’ strike.
How bad has it gotten for the Golden Globes, hosted by Jerrod Carmichael? It’s dropped 66 percent in viewership since 2020, per Outkick. The show had a 10 percent decline from just last year alone.
Are Americans Done With Major Awards Shows Like the Golden Globes?
Judging by the numbers, it looks like, on the whole, people don’t want to sit through long awards shows. The Globes were set up for a three-hour block of time but ran over by a few minutes.
While clearly, not many people saw them, there were a few moments that had social media talking. For instance, Austin Butler talking about Elvis’ voice and Eddie Murphy talking about Will Smith will be remembered. But that is about it from the show.
A Heartbreaking Moment Happened on the Show
This awards show, though, in hindsight will have a sad memory attached to it. It marked the final time that Lisa Marie Presley appeared in public. Two days after the ceremony, she died at 54 years old after suffering cardiac arrest. She was there along with her mother, Priscilla Presley, to celebrate the biopic Elvis that starred Butler, who won a Golden Globe for his work.
As it is, awards shows can get bogged down by a lot of details and events. Of course, people remember the Will Smith slap on Chris Rock at the Oscars. But the question might be is if people were really watching those awards shows when it happened. If the trend of lack of viewership just was going on at that time, then we can assume something. Most people found out about the incident through social media. It might be nearing a time when social media becomes the place for awards results. These days, each award winner is listed with a picture from the event.