Even moreso than other awards shows, the Golden Globes are not a popularity contest — at least not beyond the 90 or members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The association has, uh, let’s call it eclectic tastes, and per usual the group’s TV nominees are a mix of established hits, critical favorites and first-year shows the HFPA likes to be first (or nearly so, since the Critics Choice Awards moved up its timetable) to recognize. It also makes for a list of nominees featuring some pleasant surprises and head-scratching snubs.

We’ll leave it to others to analyze how and why which shows were or weren’t nominated. As the title of this site says, we’re about numbers here. So below is a ranking of all the series nominees for the 2017 Globes.

Or almost all: Since streaming services don’t release viewing figures, we don’t know how many people watch Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” or Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Transparent.” Third-party data — which Amazon and Netflix have said is not entirely reliable — suggests “Stranger Things” is the most-watched of the four by a fairly wide margin.

Here are the rankings for the Nielsen-rated nominees. NBC’s first-year hit “This Is Us” has the biggest total audience of the bunch, while “Game of Thrones” drew the best 18-49 rating by a good margin. “The Dresser” is the lone one-off movie among the limited series/movie nominees.

All numbers are live + same-day for the current season or each show’s most recently completed season.

Rank Show Net Category Adults 18-49 rating Viewers (millions)
1 This Is Us NBC Drama series 2.6 9.55
2 Game of Thrones HBO Drama series 3.9 7.69
3 Black-ish ABC Comedy series 1.6 5.46
4 American Crime ABC Limited series/movie 0.9 3.72
5 The People v. O.J. Simpson FX Limited series/movie 1.3 3.29
6 Westworld HBO Drama series 0.8 1.83
7 The Night Of HBO Limited series/movie 0.5 1.41
8 Veep HBO Comedy series 0.5 0.99
9 Atlanta FX Comedy series 0.5 0.89
10 The Night Manager AMC Limited series/movie 0.2 0.79
11 The Dresser Starz Limited series/movie 0.02* 0.15*

*Numbers for “The Dresser” are a total of two showings on the movie’s premiere night, May 30.

Source: The Nielsen Company.

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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