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Golden Globes Flop in Ratings

by Evan Reier
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The Golden Globes featured Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, tributes to entertainment legends, and much more. But that didn’t translate to viewers.

A day after the award show, ratings are starting to come out and they are not pretty. The 78th edition of the Golden Globes was one of the worst-performing editions in quite some time.

According to TVLine, the preliminary numbers rolling in show a 1.2 demo rating and a very low average of 5.4 million viewers. For context, that second number is the lowest total since 1995.

It is worth mentioning, however, that the ratings are not final and that Nielsen has not released those numbers. It will assuredly raise the total considerably, but the Golden Globes are working from a low spot.

To put that in perspective, the preliminary numbers from Nielsen for the 2020 show were at 18.3 million, nearly 13 million more than this years.

Norman Lear Honored at the Golden Globes

One aspect of the Golden Globes that was appreciated by many was Norman Lear receiving a Carol Burnett Lifetime Achievement Award. The creator of “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons” and many other shows was honored for over half a century in the entertainment industry.

The TV legend also gave a touching speech that thanked those around him and reflected on his career.

“At close to 99, I can tell you that I have never lived alone,” Lear said during the virtual ceremony. “I have never laughed alone and that has as much to do with my being here today as anything else I know.”

Perhaps one of the best parts of the speech was his admiration of Carol Burnett. Burnett’s pioneering days in comedy set the tone for Lear and many other creators.

“I could not feel more blessed,” Lear said. “I am convinced that laughter adds time to one’s laugh and nobody has made me laugh harder.”

“Nobody I owe more time to – than Carol Burnett and the brilliant team that helped her realize her comedic genius.”