Globes ratings plummeted more than 60% from the 18.3 million viewers who watched last year, per Nielsen data, to an average audience of 6.9 million. While the Globes have a long and uneven TV history — at times airing in syndication, on cable and for a time after an earlier scandal, not at all — that’s the lowest tune-in since NBC acquired the broadcast rights in the 1990s.
The big winners in the top movie categories — the drama “Nomadland” and satirical comedy “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” — premiered on Hulu and Amazon, respectively.
NBC has thus far had no comment regarding the latest reports about the HFPA, which derives most of its revenue from the broadcast license fee and donates much of that to charitable endeavors.
Like the Globes, the Academy Awards were delayed by roughly two months this year, with nominations due out March 15 and the ceremony to air on April 25.