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Golden Globes Telecast Draws 20 Million Viewers, Up 8 Percent From 2016

jimmy-fallon-ggIn what was undoubtedly the most viral moment of Sunday’s Golden Globes, Meryl Streep said that “Hollywood is crawling with foreigners. So if you kick them all out you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts.” Well, the ratings numbers for the Globes telecast, and they show that viewers are still indeed paying attention to Hollywood.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the Globes pulled in a total audience of 20 million people for NBC on Sunday night. That’s an 8 percent increase over 2016, according to the industry tracking website.

The Globes pulled in a solid audience despite the fact that many of the nominated films haven’t been seen by many filmgoers. La La Land, the night’s big winner with seven Golden Globes, has a modest domestic box office to date of approximately $52 million, according to industry tracking website Box Office Mojo. While Moonlight, which won Best Drama, has sold approximately $13 million worth of tickets domestically, per Box Office Mojo.

Sunday night’s show was emceed by Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon. He took over the duties from Ricky Gervais, whose 2016 appearance marked his fourth time hosting the event.

The Globes undoubtedly caught a break that the Giants-Packers NFL playoff game was a blowout, giving viewers reason to switch over to the awards in time for Fallon’s monologue at 8:00 p.m. ET.

According to Deadline, last night’s telecast was the second highest-rated edition of the Globes in the past decade. Only the 2014 Golden Globes, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, pulled in a greater audience.

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