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The Golden Globe nominations are a pretty good illustration of what’s become known as Peak TV in America — and not just because you could make an equally valid list of nominees from shows and actors who didn’t make the cut here.

The TV series nominees show the breadth of both how people watch — from traditional broadcast TV to three different streaming services — and the wide range of audience sizes.

Obviously, a show’s ratings don’t necessarily impact its award chances. But since this is a ratings site, it’s also interesting to look at the range of audience sizes in play here.

Below are the same-day adults 18-49 ratings and total viewers for the nominees in the best comedy, drama and limited series/movie categories at the Golden Globes (you can go here to see all the nominees), ranked from smallest to largest.

Same-day ratings don’t reflect the total audience for a show — “Game of Thrones” and “Empire” both approach 20 million viewers with delayed and multi-platform viewing, and “Fargo” and “Mr. Robot” routinely double their audiences.

As those figures aren’t readily available for every nominee, however, same-day numbers make for the easiest apples-to-apples comparison, and the ranking order wouldn’t change much anyway with delayed viewing added. The figures cited are for all episodes in the Globes’ eligibility window — for “Empire,” that includes all of Season 1 and Season 2 to date, while for “Outlander,” it’s only the second half of Season 1 since the first half aired in 2014.

Unknown: ‘Casual’ (Hulu), ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ (Amazon), ‘Narcos’ (Netflix), ‘Orange Is the New Black’ (Netflix), ‘Transparent’ (Amazon), ‘Wolf Hall’ (PBS)

Streaming services don’t release viewership figures, and PBS isn’t tracked by Nielsen. “Wolf Hall” had a shade over 2 million same-day viewers for its premiere, so it probably ranks somewhere in the middle. Should PBS return a request for complete data, the rankings will be updated accordingly.

10. ‘Flesh and Bone’ (Starz)

Adults 18-49: 0.04. Viewers: 137,000 (through five of eight episodes).

9. ‘Outlander’ (Starz)

Adults 18-49: 0.3. Viewers: 1.05 million.

8. ‘Fargo’ (FX)

Adults 18-49: 0.4. Viewers: 1.24 million (through 9 of 10 episodes)

7. ‘Veep’ (HBO)

Adults 18-49: 0.5. Viewers: 950,000.

6. ‘Mr. Robot’ (USA)

Adults 18-49: 0.5. Viewers: 1.39 million.

5. ‘Silicon Valley’ (HBO)

Adults 18-49: 1.0. Viewers: 1.8 million.

4. ‘American Crime’ (ABC)

Adults 18-49: 1.2. Viewers: 4.98 million.

3. ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ (FX)

Adults 18-49: 1.7. Viewers: 3.32 million.

2. ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO)

Adults 18-49: 3.5. Viewers: 6.88 million.

1. ‘Empire’ (FOX)

Adults 18-49: 4.9. Viewers: 12.68 million.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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