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Golden Globes Ratings Up 14 Percent From Last Year

by Bryan Enk, posted Jan 19th 2010 11:15AM
There were two things at this year's Golden Globes that were up from last year's ceremony: cleavage and ratings.

The Carpetbagger reports that, while Sunday's rain caused problems for the attendees, it certainly didn't stop viewers from tuning in from their dry living rooms. The telecast, which aired live on both coasts, brought in 17 million viewers, marking an impressive 14 percent increase from last year's ceremony, which drew about 15 million viewers total.

The telecast has been trying to recover from the effects of 2008's Writers Guild strike, which reduced the ceremony to a news conference seen by just six million viewers. For now, it appears that the show is picking up the pieces pretty easily, although it's still down slightly from 2007's 20-million tune in.There were two things at this year's Golden Globes that were up from last year's ceremony: cleavage and ratings.

The Carpetbagger reports that, while Sunday's rain caused problems for the attendees, it certainly didn't stop viewers from tuning in from their dry living rooms. The telecast, which aired live on both coasts, brought in 17 million viewers, marking an impressive 14 percent increase from last year's ceremony, which drew about 15 million viewers total.

The telecast has been trying to recover from the effects of 2008's Writers Guild strike, which reduced the ceremony to a news conference seen by just six million viewers. For now, it appears that the show is picking up the pieces pretty easily, although it's still down slightly from 2007's 20-million tune in.

The ceremony's all-time high came in 2004, with 27 million viewers.

Still, 17 million viewers is a pretty impressive number for the telecast, though what exactly caused the boost remains to be seen. One likely reason: box-office. Last year's Golden Globes concentrated more on heavy dramas like 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,' 'Frost/Nixon,' 'The Wrestler' and 'Doubt,' while this year had more crowd-pleasing box-office hits, including 'Inglourious Basterds,' 'The Blind Side' and, of course, 'Avatar.'

The holiday weekend was another likely factor, with East Coast viewers more willing to stay up late because they had Monday off from work.

Either way, it looks like, Mother Nature aside, nobody rained on the Globes' parade.

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