- The 2023 Golden Globes’ ratings dropped to 5.36 million, the lowest in decades
- The drop was a 23 percent from 2021 – the last time the awards show aired
- The awards show was slammed as ‘boring’ and a ‘snooze fest’ by viewers online
- In 2020, the ratings were 18 million but dropped to a low 6.9 million in 2021
- The return to air was hope of a fresh start for Hollywood Foreign Press (HFPA)
- Host Jerrod Carmichael left some unimpressed by discussing HFPA controversy
- The HPFA overhauled its organization following a racism row and other scandals
PUBLISHED: 14:47 EST, 11 January 2023 | UPDATED: 14:53 EST, 11 January 2023
Ratings plummeted for the Golden Globes as viewers branded the show a ‘snoozefest’ of ‘politicized’ monologues.
The awards show returned on Tuesday night after being boycotted by NBC last year over the diversity scandal with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HPFA).
But viewers were not pleased and slammed the show for being boring. The ratings mirrored their sentiments, dropping to just 5.36 million in overnight ratings.
That number is down 23 percent from 2021, which is the last time the Golden Globes aired, when the ratings were at just 6.9 million – a steep dip from 18 million in 2020.
Ratings plummeted for the star-studded Golden Globes event with some viewers branding the show as a ‘snoozefest’ of ‘politicized’ monologues’
Comedian Jerrod Carmichael, 35, delved right into HFPA’s controversy surrounding the Golden Globes as he began his monologue – and revealed why he was chosen to be the host.
He quick to highlight the fact he has become the first Black host for the event as he told the audience of Hollywood elites: ‘I’ll tell you why I’m here. I’m here ’cause I’m black.’
He went on to say he was sipping tea when he was asked to become ‘black face of an embattled white organization. Life really comes at you fast.’
But, ultimately, he said, he decided to ‘take the white people money.’
‘This show, the Golden Globe Awards, did not air last year because the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which I won’t say they were a racist organization, but they didn’t have a single black member until George Floyd died,’ he explained on Tuesday. ‘So do with that information what you will.’
The Golden Globe awards were slammed as ‘boring’ and ‘politicized’ as viewers turned off the ceremony hosted by Jerrod Carmichael
The event’s return to air was the hope of a fresh start for the embattled HPFA which puts on the Globes – after it overhauled its organization following a racism row.
However, many viewers were quick to label the ceremony as a ‘snoozefest’ as they flocked to social media to lament over changes to the show.
Viewers complained that the speeches were too long, the show was political and that the presenters were B list at best.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Okay, this show should have stayed off the air. So boring…’
Another agreed: ‘I’ll just go ahead and say it, the @goldenglobes it’s the most boring TV awards show I’ve ever seen.’
‘The Woke Globes replaced the Golden Globes. Embarrassing,’ another commented.
Another wrote: ‘Congratulations to the boring woke awards #GoldenGlobes.’
One viewer stated: ‘ Man the @goldenglobes has hit a all new low right out of the gate. Is Hollyweird capable of doing anything without cramping racism/wokeism! Give one 10min to preach.’
While some viewers enjoyed the tension created by the comedian’s dry sense of humor, others were left wishing for host from previous years.
One Twitter user stated: ‘I turned on the #GoldenGlobes to see how much distance there would be from this monologue and the last one @rickygervais did but I don’t even think it can be measured. This is boring AF.’
Elsewhere, the show was plagued with extremely lengthy speeches by award winners, with many including Michelle Yeoh and Austin Butler, ignoring musical prompts to cut their speeches short.
The awards returned to screens on Tuesday – following a one year break from screens amid controversy over ethical lapses and a lack of diversity.
The HFPA scandal erupted in 2021 when it emerged there were no black members among the 87-person association – with the 2021 awards show held virtually.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called out the association live during their 2021 opening monologue in February of that year.
‘The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is made up of around 90 international no black journalists who attend movie junkets each year in search of a better life.
‘We say around 90 because a couple of them might be ghosts,’ Fey said.
Stars threatened to boycott the awards and Tom Cruise, who had won three Globes in the past, vowed to return them all unless the association changed its ways.
In April, the association’s former president Phil Berk was fired for his resistance to BLM.
He sent an email to other members with a link to an article in which the organization was compared to cult murderer Charles Manson.
The article in Frontpagemag.com claimed BLM was trying to incite a ‘race war’.