The numbers are in for the 67th annual Golden Globes, and the numbers are up fourteen percent! The Ricky Gervais-hosted event drew in 16.9 million viewers last night, as opposed to 14.9 million viewers in 2009.
Perhaps adding to the increase was the fact that the Globes was aired live by NBC in all time zones, rather than delayed for prime-time broadcast in the West, as in past years. But despite impressive ratings, the broadcast didn’t come close to the record-holding 2004 show, when 26.8 million viewers tuned in.
As for Gervais’ performance, critics had mixed reviews. Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara said today, "Not a great night for Ricky Gervais.” The Hollywood Reporter's Andrew Wallenstein added, "Perhaps it's finally time the Golden Globes stops cultivating a reputation as a wild and woolly affair.”
We did, however, very much enjoy Ricky’s jab at Mel Gibson towards the end of the show. If you missed it, check out the clip below!