Sunday Ratings: Golden Globes Tank, American Idol Stays Steady

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Wow. The 2021 Golden Globe Awards which aired with COVID-19 protocols in place Sunday night (Feb 28) tanked for NBC. The broadcast earned a 1.2 demo in the key 18-49 demo and 5.4 million viewers. It won the night for NBC. But the numbers are down 60% compared to 2020. While the numbers are preliminary, the show is on track to deliver the smallest audience since 1995, which is the last year that cable outlet TBS hosted it before handing it off to NBC.

Last year, preliminary numbers were much higher, with the telecast averaging 14.8 million viewers and getting a 3.8 demo rating.

However, The Golden Globes aired the first week of January last year, and benefited from an NFL wildcard playoff game lead in. It’s almost like comparing apples to oranges.

As far as American Idol is concerned. It lost the ratings race this week. But stayed steady! The singing competition held on to it’s 1.0 rating in the demo from last week, and garnered 6.5 million viewers. It actually had MORE viewers than the Golden Globes, as did America’s Funniest Videos (5.7 million). However, 60 minutes at 7 pm had the most viewers, with 7.9 million.

More ratings at Showbuzz Daily

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