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Awards shows can be topnotch or flop based almost entirely on who hosts. If the host doesn't have the right balance of charisma, comedy, and comfort with improvisation, the show can be positively cringeworthy to watch. The 2017 Golden Globes will feature somebody who has all three qualities in spades. Funnyman and late night leading man Jimmy Fallon will host the 74th Golden Globes, and he could be the perfect pick to make the show a hit.
NBC has announced that Jimmy Fallon will take the stage as master of ceremonies for the Golden Globes on January 8, 2017 from 8 - 11 p.m. ET. The Golden Globes ceremony will be the first major awards event of 2017, so all eyes will be on Fallon as he kicks off the awards season in style. He's a solid choice for NBC based on the numbers that he consistently draws for the network with The Tonight Show, which has been destroying ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in the ratings. In fact, The Tonight Show in the first week of July averaged more than 2.6 million viewers and won a .7 rating in the valuable 18 - 49 demographic, which put it on top of Jimmy Kimmel Live by 73% and The Late Show by 87%.
Of course, the Golden Globes tend to draw far better numbers than 2.6 million viewers and a .7 rating. The 2016 Golden Globes attracted 18.511 million viewers and scored an impressive 5.5 in the 18 - 49 demographic. Jimmy Fallon will be in front of a bigger audience for the awards show than he would be for pretty much any given evening of The Tonight Show.
Jimmy Fallon will be the first brand new Golden Globes host in years. Ricky Gervais held the top job from 2010 - 2012, and was replaced by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from 2013 - 2015. Gervais was back for the 2016 awards. The ratings actually dropped from 2015 to 2016; perhaps a fresh host will be exactly what NBC needs to boost numbers.
The 74th Golden Globes won't be Jimmy Fallon's first awards hosting gig. He led the MTV Movie Awards in 2001 and 2005 as well as the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002. More recently - and more importantly - Fallon was in the spotlight as the host of the 2010 Emmys. His experiences with awards ceremonies, his work on The Tonight Show, and even his time on SNL that taught him how to roll with the comedic punches could combine to create the ideal host for the 2017 Golden Globes.
You won't be able to see Jimmy Fallon on stage as master of ceremonies at the Golden Globes until next January, but you can catch him on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC as host of The Tonight Show. Check out our fall TV premiere schedule to see what else you can watch on the small screen in the near future.