The 70th Annual Golden Globes Awards attracted 19.67 million viewers in the United States, its best showing in the past six years, ratings firm Nielsen said.

The ceremony hosted Sunday night by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler saw a 17-percent increase over last year's audience.

This was the Golden Globes' biggest following in the past six years - in 2007 some 20 million people watched the awards ceremony.

Sunday night's broadcast on NBC, not counting sports events, had the most viewers in the 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. time slot since 2004.

The musical "Les Miserables" and the thriller "Argo" were the big winners of the 70th annual Golden Globes at a ceremony in Los Angeles, where "Lincoln," the film with the most nominations, was almost overlooked.

On the television side, "Homeland" won Best TV Series - Drama for the second year in a row, while "Girls" surprised by taking the title for Best TV Series - Comedy, and "Game Change" came out tops in the Best Miniseries category. EFE