Golden Globes TV ratings steady as host Gervais tickles some but bores others


More than 18 million Americans watched the Golden Globes on Sunday in a ceremony hosted by acerbic British comedian Ricky Gervais, whose monologue skewering A-list celebrities was praised by some but criticized as dull and cynical by others.

Nielsen data on Monday showed that the first big show kicking off Hollywood's award season, broadcast live on NBC, was watched by 18.3 million Americans, down about 2%from 2019.

The three-hour show was the most-watched primetime entertainment telecast since the Oscars in February 2019, NBC said.

In 2019, 18.6 million Americans tuned in when actors Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg hosted the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills, California. In 2016, the last time Gervais hosted, some 18.5 million Americans tuned in.

World War One movie "1917" and comedy "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" won the top prizes on Sunday, on a night packed with upsets ahead of the higher profile Oscars on Feb.9.

Gervais, returning for a fifth time as Golden Globes host, let rip with expletive-filled jokes about diversity in the entertainment business, the rise of streaming, and actors who use their time at the winners' podium to make political speeches.

Many of his barbs drew awkward laughter and unamused looks from the Hollywood glitterati in the room, such as Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gervais called the reaction the "best ever."

"Thanks for all your amazing comments about my Golden Globes monologue. Best reaction ever and that means a lot to me. I had a blast but thank fuck it's over," he tweeted on Monday.

But some reviewers critiqued the creator of TV comedy "The Office" for low energy.

USA Today called Gervais "boring," while Variety called his efforts "tame" and said Gervais "made a point of emphasizing just how little he cared about the show."

Others were surprised that Gervais avoided political topics, like the impeachment of U.S. Donald Trump and upcoming U.S. elections.

"Gervais was weakly cheeky rather than cutting," entertainment outlet Deadline said.

The Los Angeles Times called Gervais flippant, adding that it wished the comedian "had been brave enough to drop the tired agitator shtick and, for once, read the room."

Others were more positive, with many on social media praising the comedian for his willingness to address controversial topics.

"Ricky Gervais kills it at the Golden Globes," tweeted Forbes reviewer Erik Kain.

In the Daily Mail, British broadcaster Piers Morgan wrote that Gervais "delivered a glorious kick in the globes to Hollywood's woke, virtue-signalling hypocrites - and exposed them as a bunch of shameless two-faced charlatans."

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His shtick is getting a bit tired. He tries to distance himself from an elite he's actually part of, that's why the joked don't hit the target anymore.

That said, I did enjoy his recent bleak comedy series, Afterlife.

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These award ceremonies are overdone.  too many of them.  And they are basically mutual admiration societies for already overpaid and over ego'ed luvvies.  not a big fan of Gervaise after the Office, which made him.  I guess sitting there and being "insulted" by him makes the audience feel edgy and all.  Like celebrity roasts.....

Sticks and stones and all - when you are minted a few "insults" slide like water off a ducks back.

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Loved his pricking of the inflated egos that infest the entertainment industry. No doubt a few people were shifting nervously in their seats! A few of his remarks were hitting a bit to close to home. At heart, he was telling the truth. Celebrities should just shut up and entertain us. Their opinions are no more important than anyone elses'.

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Celebrities should just shut up and entertain us. 

At least they don't get elected to office.

Oh, wait...

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Even worse.... are you calling Trump a "celebrity"?!? Jeezus.... you have low standards.

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Even worse.... are you calling Trump a "celebrity"?!? Jeezus.... you have low standards.

Tbf, the names I'd actually call him wouldn't be for the faint of heart.

I'm in two minds over celebs/public figures/etc using their position to speak out. On the one hand, it's a great platform to bring issues to people who might not otherwise engage in such concerns. If you have that platform, use it wisely. Which brings me to - on the other hand - it's when they come across as hectoring and hypocritical, they can cause resentment.

Gervais is not unknown for browbeating people over animal cruelty and (to a lesser extent) atheism. Of course he's right to stand up for animal rights and highlight the silliness of religions, but he's lucky enough to be in a position where he can get his views and (some might say) political beliefs across.

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I agree. The problem is that the Hollywood people generally don't practice what they preach. Hypocrisy is altogether too easy to spot, especially among the ones who are so so eager to tell everyone else how to live but won't live the same way. Look at all the celebs who blather on about the coming climate emergency, yet maintain several residences and fleets of gas guzzling vehicles. Case in point- Arnold Schwarzenegger. Recent syncophantic follower of dear Greta. Also owner of more than 20 expensive vehicles, including a Hummer and even an M-47 Patton Tank!

As for The Donald, there is only one name that matters now- Mr. President.

Sorry, couldn't resist...

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Gervais kinda held back - and by holding back, it became less talked about

Their opinions are no more important than anyone elses'.

That's true. But that also means your (or anyone else's) opinion is not more important than theirs either. So why anyone would take one over the other

(There's a caveat here tho - if a person is a qualified expert on a subject, then their opinion on it are weighted more.)

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