Gervais Raises Globes Criticism & Ratings

Whatever you thought of Ricky Gervais’ hosting duties at the Golden Globes on Sunday, that performance is one of the reasons viewership of the ceremony rose.

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards pulled in 16.99 million viewers and a 5.2 rating, giving the show a 5% increase in the key demo from last year for NBC.

Newspaper outlets and online social networks exploded with reaction which proved divided over the tone which some have labelled too acidic or “nasty”, others however loved it and several online polls were overwhelmingly in favour of his performance.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association released a statement yesterday saying “We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material. Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks. Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.”