The folks at TV's Big Four networks might as well have slept in Thursday morning and skipped the announcement of the Golden Globes nominations. In the latest sign of their lack of critical love and viewer sizzle, commercial broadcasters ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC together scored a paltry nine nods (though three more than last year), while streaming service Netflix boosted its total from last year's seven to singlehandedly claim the lead with nine nominations distributed across six series (Narcos, Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Bloodline, House of Cards, and Master of None) plus its original film, Beast of No Nation.
Fellow streaming video outlet Amazon snagged five nominations (up from two last year) and Hulu scored its first. Grand total for digital on-demand outlets: 15. With its two nominations, tiny broadcast outlet CW beat CBS' single mention, and also beat NBC (which will air the Globes awardscast on Jan. 10, but was completely snubbed in Thursday's nominations). Fox, shut out last year, landed four nominations this year, as did ABC. Even pay-cable network HBO, which traditionally ruled at awards time, has been humbled by this year's digital invasion. It has seven nominations, down from 15 last year. Premium rival Showtime suffered a falloff, too, with last year's nine nominations shrinking to three (Read more Golden Globes stories.)