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Golden Globes see big ratings bump

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Actors Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage to present during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel International Ballroom on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
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The Nielsen Co. says Sunday's Golden Globes awards ceremony got a nice ratings bump over last year.

With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handling host duties, the NBC telecast was seen by 19.7 million viewers. That's an audience growth of 2.8 million viewers (or 17 percent) over last year's show, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais.

It was the top-rated Globes in six years, according to national figures released Monday.

For the fourth year, the Globes were televised live to all time zones, and some western markets also carried an encore telecast following the live coverage, which began at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

NBC said the telecast is currently the season's most-watched

awards program, topping the CMA Awards, Emmy Awards, American Music

Awards and People's Choice Awards.

The Grammy Awards will be held Feb. 10 and will be broadcast on CBS. The Academy Awards are Feb. 24 and will be shown on ABC.