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So the viewership for Monday’s Golden Globes ceremony was 18.7 million, up about 10 percent from last year. What can other awards shows learn from this ratings boost?

1) Keep the show breezy and quick. The Globes managed to clock in at under three hours, and that was with five minutes of time-killing red-carpet chatter at the beginning.

2) Let the celebs drink.

3) Move away from Sundays. It’s easier to go up against Jack Bauer than Bree Van De Kamp.

4) When it comes cleavage and near-wardrobe malfunctions, there’s no such thing as excess. Though actresses may be less inclined to expose so much flesh if they’re worried that Isaac Mizrahi is going to grope them on the red carpet.

5) More gay cowboys!

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