Critics Choice Awards join the ranks of low ratings

The Critics Choice Awards are in, and like the 2023 Golden Globes, they’re below expectations.

Even though the ceremony was graced by Hollywood’s upper class and their amazing fashions, the 28th annual event went off without much fanfare on Sunday, January 15. Despite the setback, the ceremony ended with the expected win of “Everything Everywhere All At Once” in the Best Picture category, among others.

The Critics Choice Awards honor Hollywood’s best in the midst of its least successful ceremony

When the CW aired the 28th Critics Choice Awards over the weekend, none of the execs expected fewer than a million people to watch. However, this came as early ratings showed the glamorous ceremony attracted just 900,000 viewers.

Andrew Garfield at the 28th Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles

That number is a barely noticeable drop from last year’s ceremony, which drew just 1.1 million viewers despite simulcasting on TNT and The CW.

Deadline claims that while overall ratings were down, The CW’s audience looked better than a year ago because TNT didn’t simulcast the event this year.

In addition, the decrease in viewership similar to other awards shows that have lost much of their audience over the past few years. In fact, NBC had the lowest ratings ever when it aired the Golden Globes on Tuesday, Jan. 11, which drew 6.3 million viewers.

During its three-hour run at Critics Choice, A24’s “Everything Everywhere All at Once” earned five nods, including Best Picture, Best Editing for Paul Rogers, Best Supporting Actor for Ke Huy Quan, Best Director for Daniel Kwan. and Daniel Scheinert—and Daniels’ best original screenplay.

While Quan was the only actor from the sci-fi adventure film to walk away with an award, he wasn’t the only actor nominated. Michelle Yeoh was in the running for Best Actress, but lost to Cate Blanchett for the 2022 musical “The Warehouse.”

Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu were also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Unfortunately, both lost out to Angela Bassett for her portrayal of Ramona in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”

Others with nods were Brendan Fraser for best actor for “The Whale” and Bob Odenkirk for best actor in a drama series for “Better Call Saul.” “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” won best ensemble cast, while ABC’s “Abbott Elementary” won best comedy series.

The Golden Globe Awards therefore received the lowest ratings

Julia Garner won Best Actress at the Golden Globes

As previously mentioned, the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards drew a record low of 6.3 million viewers. Per The Blastthis number was an unexpected drop after the goodness enjoyed in 2020, when 18.3 million people watched the broadcast.

This year’s event was so bad that it scored a 1.1 ad rating, down 9% (from 6.9 million people in 2021) and down 26%. That drop didn’t deter NBC executives from declaring the venerable show “the most special social event of the entire television season (linear and streaming), both in terms of social engagement and social video viewership.”

Evidence of this, they said, was that the Globes “reached nearly 11 million digital page views and video views, a 54% increase over 2021,” according to NBC Digital and E! News platforms.

Contrary to critics, the fall of the Globes can be traced back to the backlash it has suffered over the past two years. In case you missed it, the ceremony’s organizers, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), have been accused of dubious financial practices within the organization and little evidence of diversity and representation among black members.

The accusations became so widespread that the nonprofit group held a private ceremony to disqualify the candidate’s celebrities last year. Its newly appointed president, Helen Hoehne, finally addressed the issue publicly and announced that the organization had undergone reforms.

To that end, NBC signed a one-year broadcast deal with HFPA and Globes producer Dick Clark Productions. The deal gave HFPA and DCP the opportunity to “explore new opportunities in the future through various platforms of domestic and global distribution”.

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