Golden Globes television audience dips by almost 8 per cent to 19.3 million viewers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The television audience for Sunday's 72nd Golden Globe Awards dipped to 19.3 million as comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Hollywood awards show for the third and final time, NBC said on Monday.

The three-hour show, which they helped reached a 10-year high last year, declined nearly 8 per cent in total viewers compared with last year's 20.9 million viewers, and was down about 11 per cent in the 18-49 age group advertisers covet most, according to data compiled Nielsen Media Research.

This is the final year Fey and Poehler planned on hosting the Golden Globes, the first major awards show leading up to the Academy Awards on Feb 22.

The duo rose to prominence together on Comcast Corp-owned NBC comedy show Saturday Night Live.

Their first time hosting in 2013 drew 19.7 million viewers.

The night's big winners were coming-of-age chronicle Boyhood, which won best drama picture, and Wes Anderson's period caper The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won best comedy or musical.

Fey and Poehler's brand of roasting celebrities with an impish smile helped prop up the show's appeal among younger viewers over prior host, acerbic comedian Ricky Gervais.

The Golden Globe Awards are organized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.