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Claire Best Actress Homeland

February 8, 2012 by staff 

Claire Best Actress Homeland, When it came to honoring television, the Golden Globes went small. Really small. Some of the biggest winners at Sunday’s Golden Globes were critically acclaimed cable shows that draw relatively tiny audiences — in some cases, far fewer than 1 million viewers per week. These included HBO’s comedy “Enlightened,” Starz’s political drama “Boss,” BBC America’s crime thriller “Luther,” and Showtime’s show-biz comedy “Episodes.”

Showtime’s countert*rror*sm thriller “Homeland” — which won as drama series and for Claire Danes’ turn as a troubled CIA agent — has set ratings records for the premium cable network. But it nevertheless draws fewer than 2 million viewers — a fraction of the ratings for a broadcast hit such as “NCIS,” which typically draws more than 20 million.

The inevitable exception to the go-small trend came courtesy of “Modern Family,” ABC’s smash, which won for comedy series after losing to “Glee” for two straight years. “Modern Family” averaged roughly 12 million total viewers last season, according to Nielsen.

But for the most part, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Globes, chose to honor the little-watched, the prestigious or the foreign — or at least the last two, as in the case of the British period drama “Downtown Abbey,” which won in the miniseries category and has become a sensation for PBS.

In recent years, the Globes and the Emmys — much like the Oscars — have gravitated to niche fare and away from popular hits, which has led to complaints that the industry elite are increasingly fixated on esoteric programming and isolated from the preferences of most viewers.

Within the TV industry, the Globe choices are important because they can influence voters for the Emmy Awards, which are handed out in September, and also because they can help underperforming series get crucial exposure.

One genuine shocker came for Kelsey Grammer’s win for “Boss,” the well-received but little-seen political drama from Starz. The series opened to decent ratings — around 1.7 million watched the premiere in multiple airings — but the numbers have slid considerably since. The last time Grammer picked up a Globe, it was for his enormous NBC sitcom hit “Frasier.”

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