Date: 23rd January 2001
While the Golden Globes ceremonies Sunday night failed to establish a strong contender for the Oscars, it did produce a big victory for NBC in the ratings.
The 58th annual awards show averaged a 13.9 rating and a 20 share, a ten-percent jump over last year.
CBS couldn't touch those ratings with Touched By an Angel at 8:00 p.m., which drew an 8.7/12 and the Clint Eastwood starrer Absolute Power, which averaged a 7.9/11 between 9:00 and 11:00 p.m. In third place for the night, ABC counter-programmed with the classic kids movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which drew a not-bad 8.0/11 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., followed by Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which, unlike last year when it was the hottest show on TV, produced no big challenge to the Golden Globes telecast as it drew an 11.5/16 (down 36 percent from a year ago).
A rerun of The Practice at 10:00 p.m. could muster no more than a 9.0/14. Fox, usually strong on Sunday night, seemed especially hard hit, with The Simpsons drawing an 8.7/12, Malcolm in the Middle, an 8.9/12 and The X-Files, an 8.3/11.
Source: Studio Briefing