The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards bagged 20 million viewers Sunday, finally getting back to the crowd size it enjoyed before getting nuked in 2008 by the Writers’ Guild of America strike.
The trophy show scored 3 million more viewers than it did last year.
“Argo” was declared best dramatic flick and “Les Miserables” crowned best musical flick, HBOs “Girls” was named best comedy series, Showtime’s “Homeland” was best drama series, Jodie Foster may or may not have come out, and best comedy actress Lena Dunham (“Girls”) couldn’t navigate heels and an evening gown.
It’s the most watched Globes since 2007, which is the last time the competition broadcast logged 20 million viewers.
One year later, with celebs unwilling to cross the picket line, the Globes got turned into a broadcast news conference; only 6 million tuned in.
The franchise has been clawing its way back to the 20 million mark ever since — a threshold that it hit or passed many times , including a record 27 million in 2004.
Among the 18- to 49-year-old viewers who are preferred by advertisers, Sunday’s Globes climbed nearly 30 percent compared with last year.
For the past few years, the Globes have been broadcast live across the country. In addition, the West Coast immediately reruns the live broadcast. In those Western markets that repeat the Globes, unduplicated viewers from the live telecast and the rerun are counted in the national averages.