In the fall, the winners of the outstanding series honors at the Emmys were largely also the most popular shows in their respective categories. The Golden Globes? Not so much.

The awards’ reputation for quirky picks and an eagerness to honor new shows held up in the three series categories presented Sunday. “The People v. O.J. Simpson” was the top-rated miniseries in adults 18-49, but “Atlanta” was in the middle of the pack among the comedy series nominees.

As for “The Crown’s” drama series win, well, who knows? Presumably someone at Netflix does, and third-party figures suggest it wasn’t a huge show right out of the gate. So it’s probably safe to say the show comes in somewhere below “Game of Thrones” and “This Is Us,” the most-watched shows in the category.

Here are the winners (shown in bold italics) and their fellow nominees in each of the TV series categories awarded Sunday, ranked in descending order of ratings. Since streaming services don’t release viewing figures, they’re listed last in their respective categories.

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

Limited series/movie

“The People v. O.J. Simpson” (FX) – 1.3 in adults 18-49, 3.29 million viewers
“American Crime” (ABC) – 0.9, 3.72 million
“The Night Of” (HBO) – 0.5, 1.41 million
“The Night Manager” (AMC) – 0.2, 790,000
“The Dresser” (Starz) – 0.02, 150,000*
*Cumulative ratings for two showings on the film’s premiere night.

Comedy series

“Black-ish” (ABC) – 1.6, 5.49 million
“Veep” (HBO) – 0.5, 994,000
“Atlanta” (FX) – 0.5, 888,000
“Mozart in the Jungle” (Amazon)
“Transparent” (Amazon)

Drama series

“Game of Thrones” (HBO) – 3.9, 7.69 million
“This Is Us” (NBC) – 2.6, 9.55 million
“Westworld” (HBO) – 0.8, 1.83 million
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)

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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