Golden Globes viewership dips from 2011

  • Reuters, Los Angeles
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  • Updated: Jan 17, 2012 12:02 IST
  • White took the cake at the Golden Globes this year as Hollywood beauties descended on the red carpet in pale shades for the first awards ...

  • Angelina Jolie looked stunning in white satin Versace gown with a hint of red. (AP)

  • Nicole Kidman opted for an off-white oyster coloured gown with golden studded detail by Versace, which complemented her hair colour and she stepped out with ...

  • Actress Romola Garai too chose white for 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (AFP)

  • Kate Winslet, who took home the Best Actress in a Mini-series trophy for Mildred Pierce, turned out in a black and white Jenny Packham gown. ...

  • Underworld star Kate Beckinsale also wore a white strapless Roberto Cavalli gown with delicate sequin embellishment and chiffon pleat detail around her skirt. (AP)

  • Supermodel Heidi Klum opted for a pale backless gown which she accessorised with bright blue jewellery. (AFP)

  • Jessica Biel donned Elie Saab but wasn't wearing an engagement ring. (AP)

  • Charlize Theron continued the white streak with her dramatic Dior couture gown, which had a plunging neckline, a thigh high split, a flowing train and ...

  • Actress Kathleen Robertson and guest arrive at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (AFP)

All the hype surrounding British comedian Ricky Gervais's return to host Sunday night's Golden Globe awards and how he might tweak the sensibilities of the stars in attendance failed to boost the TV audience.

The star-studded Hollywood awards ceremony lured 16.8 million total viewers to the telecast, the NBC television network said on Monday. That was a slight dip from the 17 million who tuned in last year when Gervais ruffled feathers in the audience and drew poor reviews for caustic jokes about stars including Robert Downey, Jr. and Charlie Sheen.

Among the key viewer group of 18-to 49-years-old adults, the awards telecast drew a 5.0 rating, which again was slightly below last year's 5.2, according to NBC.

Gervais promised more of the same type of humor this year, and aimed his acid wit at Johnny Depp, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Kim Kardashian and others. But his edge was decidedly less sharp this year, and for the most part, critics noticed.

George Clooney with Stacy Keibler at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.
"Despite all the tough talk leading to Sunday night's broadcast, it was a markedly respectful and restrained Ricky Gervais who showed up," TV critic Mary McNamara began her review in the Los Angeles Times

Writing for show business website, Tim Molloy said "Gervais told solid jokes. But despite promises he wouldn't hold back, none were as harsh as the ones last year."

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