Inside the Golden Globes: Did the Most Expensive Season of Television Ever Produced Pay Dividends?

Jan 9, 2017  •  Post A Comment

An examination of some of the numbers behind Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards reveals that the show that reportedly just aired the most expensive single season of television ever produced — Netflix’s “The Crown” — got some payoff for its big budget.

TVbytheNumbers reports that the period drama about the British monarchy, which pulled in two of the night’s most prestigious TV awards — for Best Television Drama and Best Actress in a Television Drama for Claire Foy for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II — came with a record reported price tag of $130 million for its first season.

Another hidden number from Sunday’s Globes is zero, the number of trophies awarded to HBO. TVbytheNumbers reports that it has been 26 years since the last Golden Globes where the pay cabler failed to win an award, in 1991. The report notes that HBO has claimed 103 Golden Globes since then.

Much has been made of the broadcast networks’ winning just one Golden Globe on Sunday night, as we reported separately. But the report notes that it wasn’t that long ago — just 2013 — when the same thing happened. In fact, the big four broadcast nets were shut out that year, with broadcast’s only trophy going to Maggie Smith for the PBS series “Downton Abbey.”

Claire Foy in “The Crown”

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