Sunday TV Ratings: The Golden Globes Ceremony Loses a Significant Amount of Viewers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 28: Christopher Meloni and Sophia Meloni attend the 78th Annual Golden Globe® Awards at The Rainbow Room on February 28, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

The preliminary ratings are in for Sunday, February 28 — the ones for the Golden Globes don’t include live viewing in the Pacific Time Zone (5-8 p.m. local time) — and CBS’s The Equalizer topped primetime in viewers (7.6 million), at least for the time being.

According to these estimates, 5.4 million tuned in to the Golden Globes, which is a significant drop from last year’s (14.76 million). In the key demo, among adults 18-49, the ceremony had a 1.2 rating (compared to last year’s 3.8). (Again, this year’s numbers will be adjusted.)

For the rest of the night, American Idol, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans were steady with last week, and The Rookie dipped.

Here’s the breakdown for Sunday, February 28, 2021 (numbers are fast-affiliate based):

Time Show Adults 18-49 Rating Total Viewers (millions)
8 p.m. American Idol (ABC) 1.0 6.5
The Equalizer (CBS) 0.7 7.6
The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC) 1.4 6.1
The Simpsons (Fox) 0.4 1.3
Batwoman (CW) 0.1 477,000
8:30 p.m. The Great North (Fox) 0.3 1.1
9:00 p.m. American Idol (ABC) 1.0 6.4
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) 0.5 5.7
The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC) 1.3 5.4
Bob’s Burgers (Fox) 0.3 1.0
Charmed (CW) 0.1 340,000
9:30 p.m. Family Guy (Fox) 0.4 1.1
10 p.m. The Rookie (ABC) 0.4 3.4
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS) 0.5 4.9
The 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC) 1.0 4.8