HBO the big winner as Golden Globes sees 10% ratings uptick

Michelle Clancy | 15-01-2013

Against a background of a notable ratings uptick for the event, Time Warner's HBO premium cable channel was the queen of the ball at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, with the most awards of any television network this year.

The Golden Globe Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Sunday. Game Change, the miniseries about the 2008 John McCain-Sarah Palin run for the US presidency, took home three Golden Globe Awards. The show won for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and its leads took home acting accolades. Julianne Moore, who played Sarah Palin, won Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, and Ed Harris won Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for his portrayal for John McCain.

HBO also snagged awards in the comedy continuum, with two Golden Globe Awards for Girls. The show, which returns later this year, won Best Television Series Comedy or Musical, while its young star (and screenwriter) Lena Dunham took home the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Comedy or Musical.

The latest edition of the Golden Globes soared in the ratings on Sunday night as Sunday's broadcast on NBC, hosted by Saturday Night Live alums Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, saw the best ratings for the show in six years. According to Nielsen, the viewer total rose almost three million from 2012, reaching 19.7 million from 16.8 million viewers. For the sought-after demographic of viewers between the ages of 18-49, the show grew to a 6.4 rating, up 28% from the 5 rating the show scored in 2012.