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The Nielsen Co. said that the Golden Globes awards ceremony Sunday got a nice ratings bump over last year.

With Tina Fey and Amy Poehler handling host duties, the NBC telecast drew in 19.7 million viewers. That is an audience growth of 2.8 million viewers, or 17 percent over last year’s show, which was hosted by Ricky Gervais.

It was the top-rated Globes in six years, according to national figures released Monday.

For the fourth year, the Globes were televised live to all time zones, and some Western markets also carried an encore telecast after the live coverage, which began at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

NBC said the telecast is the season’s most-watched awards program, topping the CMA Awards, Emmy Awards, American Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards.

The Grammy Awards will air Feb. 10. The Academy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 24.

Caro, Katherine Boo nominated for critics prizes

Robert Caro, Katherine Boo and the late Anthony Shadid are among the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle prize.

Ms. Boo has won the National Book Award for her nonfiction account of a Mumbai community, “Beyond the Beautiful Forevers,” while Mr. Caro was a finalist for his latest Lyndon B. Johnson book, “The Passage of Power,” and Mr. Shadid for his memoir “House of Stone.” Zadie Smith’s “NW” and National Book Award contender Ben Fountain’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” were fiction nominees.

Thirty authors in six competitive categories were announced Monday.

Others in the running for fiction include French author Laurent Binet’s “HHhH,” Adam Johnson’s “The Orphan Master’s Son” and Lydia Millet’s “Magnificence.” Ms. Boo is a nominee for general nonfiction, along with Andrew Solomon’s best-selling “Far From the Tree,” Steve Coll’s “Private Empire,” Jim Holt’s “Why Does the World Exist?” and David Quammen’s “Spillover.”

In biography, the finalists were Mr. Caro, Tom Reiss’ “The Black Count,” Lisa Cohen’s “All We Know,” Lisa Jarnot’s “Robert Duncan, the Ambassador From Venus” and Michael Gorra’s “Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece.” The autobiography nominees were Mr. Shadid, Reyna Grande’s “The Distance Between Us,” Maureen N. McLane’s “My Poets,” Leanne Shapton’s “Swimming Studies” and Ngugi Wa Thiong’O’s “In the House of the Interpreter.”

No cash prizes will be given to competitive winners, to be announced Feb. 27. But $1,000 will be divided between Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, winners of a lifetime achievement prize for their “groundbreaking work in feminist criticism.”