PASADENA, Calif. – Ricky wasn’t quite the draw in Western New York as Tina and Amy were last year as hosts of the Golden Globe Awards.
But that could have as much do with the fact that many of the awards went to little-watched TV programs like “Mozart in the Jungle,” “My Crazy Ex Girlfriend” and “The Affair” and a movie, “The Revenant,” that just opened this weekend, than it had to do with the host.
The three-hour Globe program during which Ricky Gervais tossed out insults to the Hollywood community had an 11.9 rating on local NBC affiliate Channel 2, which was about double the next highest-rated program here Sunday in prime time. It was down about 11 percent from a 13.4 rating here when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler co-hosted.
The 11.9 rating also wasn’t near the rating of any of the four wild card NFL playoff games carried over the weekend.
But that isn't any surprise since we know WNYers love football more than movies or television shows.
Green Bay’s 35-18 win over Washington was the top-rated game Sunday with a 31.4 preliminary rating on WUTV, the local Fox affiliate.
Seattle’s 10-9 victory over Minnesota that assured popular former Buffalo Bill Fred Jackson will move on with the Seahawks to the next round was a close second with a 30.8 preliminary rating on Channel 2, the NBC affiliate.
On Saturday, Pittsburgh’s controversial 18-16 victory over Cincinnati – which may have done more damage to the NFL than the movie “Concussion” -- had a preliminary 23.7 rating on Channel 4, the local CBS affiliate.
Kansas City’s 30-0 blowout win over Houston that was simulcast had a combined rating of 22.7 -- 17.1 rating on Channel 7, the local ABC affiliate, and 5.6 on ESPN. The rating here was higher than it was in any TV market other than those of the participating teams and Denver, a market that has a playoff team with a first-round bye.