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|
|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|
|7||The Night Of||HBO||Limited series/movie||0.5||1.41|
|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.