(NEW YORK) — Sunday’s Golden Globes broadcast scored big ratings for NBC.
The 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards, hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, was seen by 19.7 million viewers, according to Variety — the ceremony’s biggest audience in six years.
The total also represents a 17 percent increase from last year’s broadcast, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais. That might not be a coincidence — 87 percent of participants of a Fandango poll said they thought Fey and Poehler did a better job than Gervais did.
The change in hosts wasn’t the only reason why the Globes earned a lot of buzz on Sunday night. Jodie Foster made headlines for addressing her sexuality while accepting the Cecil B. deMille award for lifetime achievement. Sixty-six percent of participants in the aforementioned Fandango poll thought it was the most memorable speech of the night.
The big winners included the films Argo and Les Miserables and the TV show Girls. Argo winning best drama picture and Ben Affleck claiming the best director prize were listed as the biggest surprises in the Fandango poll, while the biggest snub was Lincoln and its director, Steven Spielberg, coming up short in both categories.
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