Presenters Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell in a light-hearted moment on stage at the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards. Picture: Reuters

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 per cent) 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 on 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 5pm Pacific time.

NBC said the telecast was 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 February 10. The Academy Awards are February 24.

The West Australian

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