“Time-zone adjustments give NBC’s live broadcast a six-year high among total viewers and adults 18-49.”[THR]
Here’s something you never see anymore: Hollywood award shows gaining viewers. You know what else you don’t see: award show viewership going up … by double digits.
Lest this furthers the myth that Tina Fey is, in fact, a unicorn, NBC is sitting prettily atop a massive 17 percent increase in viewers for the Golden Globes for the first time in EVER. The show, memorably and hilariously hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (both of whom have soon-to-be-retired sitcoms on NBC), managed to get the best ratings the show has gotten in six years. Think about that: the last time the Golden Globes were this popular, The Departed was being hailed as the movie of the year and George Bush was ruining EVERYTHING.
I personally would like to thank both Ms. Fey and Ms. Poehler for a fall-down funny performance in what I hope is only the first of many such future hosting gigs. And hopefully their success will also put the final nail in the “Women Just Aren’t funny” coffin (we’re talking to you, Chevy Chase) that ignores the medium-defining comic work of Betty White-Mary-Tyler Moore-Roseanne-Gilda Radner-Candice Bergen and, of course, Lucille Ball, the woman without whom neither television nor comedy would exist in its present form.
Take a bow ladies: you have earned it!