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Golden Globes garner lacklustre ratings

The glitz and glamour returned to the Golden Globes, but not all the audience.

The glitz and glamour returned to the Golden Globes, but not all the audience.

An estimated 14.6 million people watched Sunday night's ceremony from Hollywood. That's certainly better than the star-free Globes from last year, held during the writer's strike. Only six million watched in 2008.

But Nielsen Media Research said it was the smallest audience since the awards moved to network television in 1994. Two years ago, 20 million people watched the Globes on NBC. "Slumdog Millionaire," a movie set in India with no stars, was a big winner this year. So were actresses Kate Winslet and Tina Fey.

In the night's other big television event, Fox's seventh season of "24" was seen by 12.5 million people. Kiefer Sutherland's adventure series hasn't been seen in two years; it was knocked off the air in 2008 by the writer's strike.

The premiere was down from the 15.7 million people who watched the January 2007 season debut. But it was up from the 10.4 million who watched that season's finale.

 
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