People's Choice Awards

People's Choice Awards
43rd People's Choice Awards
Country United States
First awarded March 3, 1975 (1975-03-03)
Official website
Television/Radio coverage
Network CBS

The People's Choice Awards is an American awards show, recognizing the people and the work of popular culture, voted on by the general public.[1] The show has been held annually since 1975.[2][3] The People's Choice Awards is broadcast on CBS and is produced by Procter & Gamble and Survivor producer, Mark Burnett. In Canada, it is shown on Global.

The award show's creator was Bob Stivers, who produced the first show in 1975.[4][5] The first awards recognized The Sting as Favorite Picture of 1974, Barbra Streisand as the year's Favorite Film Actress, and John Wayne as its Favorite Film Actor.[6] Ratings for the annual event peaked in 1977, when the third People's Choice Awards attracted 35.3 million viewers who witnessed Farrah Fawcett win the award for Favorite Female TV Star, Star Wars win as the Favorite Picture, and Streisand and Wayne win again in the Film Actress and Actor categories.

Procter & Gamble, the show's only sponsor, bought the show from Stivers in 1982. Apart from the required local advertising and network promotional time, all advertising during the awards show is solely by P&G brands.


The award categories have varied over the years. For example, the 16th People's Choice Awards had categories including Favorite All-Around Movie (Batman), and both a Favorite Movie Actor (Tom Cruise) and a World Favorite Movie Actor (Dustin Hoffman). At the 23rd People's Choice Awards, Rob Reiner was named the People's Choice Awards Honoree. More recently, the 32nd People's Choice Awards (broadcast in January 2006) included categories such as Favorite On-Screen Match-Up (Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in Wedding Crashers), Favorite Leading Lady (Reese Witherspoon), Favorite Tour (U2), and an award named after a Procter & Gamble brand: Nice 'n Easy Fans Favorite Hair (Faith Hill). In 2008, the People's Choice Awards introduced a new category: Favorite Sci-Fi Show. The nominees were Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica and Doctor Who. Stargate Atlantis was the first recipient of the award.

Poll-based awards

In the 20th century, the awards were based on results from Gallup polls. Each year, Gallup took a survey of different categories for favorite actor, actress, movie, artist, television program or group. The scope was unlimitedthe public could choose whomever or whatever it liked. The results of the annual survey were announced in the form of the People's Choice Awards. Since polls have margins of error, many years' awards have had ties in at least one category, when Gallup declared that the voting was so close that a single winner could not be chosen. For instance, in 2003, both Spider-Man and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring were recognized as Favorite Motion Picture.

Switch to online voting

The winners of the 31st People's Choice Awards (on January 9, 2005) were decided by online voting rather than Gallup polls. The nominees submitted for Internet voting were selected using an unpublished process involving editors at Entertainment Weekly, the show's production team and a panel of pop culture fans.

The nominees for the 32nd People's Choice Awards were determined by the web research company Knowledge Networks, which took a nationally representative sample of men and women ages 18 to 54, with and without Internet access, to come up with the nominees. After being presented with a list of candidates determined by national ratings averages, box office grosses and album sales, they had the option to write in their favorites. Knowledge Networks recruits its panel by using a RDD phone recruitment method and provides a web TV and Internet access to households without Internet access enabling them to infer back to the entire population.

The nominees for the 2010 People's Choice Awards were determined by the media research company Visible Measures, which specializes in measuring Internet video audience behavior. The announcement of this partnership stated,

"For the first time ever, the People's Choice Awards has incorporated Internet video viewing data into the initial nominee selection process, depending on Visible Measures True Reach metrics to objectively measure online video popularity. [...] Visible Measures worked with the People's Choice Awards to determine each potential nominees' popularity on a True Reach basis, a unique measure of the total audience that has been exposed to an online video campaign – regardless of how widely the campaign spreads or where it appears. To measure True Reach, Visible Measures deploys a robust and patented set of technologies with the goal of capturing the universe of Internet video viewership data in near real-time."[7]


The first ceremony in 1975 had 14 categories. In 2016, 65 categories were established.[8]






# Date Host # Date Host # Date Host
1st March 3, 1975 Army Archerd
Richard Crenna
21st March 5, 1995 Tim Daly
Annie Potts
41st January 7, 2015 Anna Faris
Allison Janney
2nd February 19, 1976 Jack Albertson 22nd March 10, 1996 Brett Butler 42nd January 6, 2016 Jane Lynch
3rd February 10, 1977 Dick Van Dyke 23rd January 12, 1997 Don Johnson
Roma Downey
43rd January 18, 2017 TBA
4th February 20, 1978 24th January 11, 1998 Reba McEntire
Ray Romano
5th March 7, 1979 Army Archerd
Dick Van Dyke
25th January 13, 1999 Ray Romano
6th January 24, 1980 Mariette Hartley
Bert Parks
26th January 9, 2000 Don Johnson
Cheech Marin
7th March 8, 1981 Army Archerd
Lee Remick
27th January 7, 2001 Kevin James
8th March 18, 1982 Army Archerd
John Forsythe
28th January 13, 2002
9th March 17, 1983 Dick Van Dyke 29th January 12, 2003 Tony Danza
10th March 15, 1984 Andy Williams 30th January 11, 2004 Charlie Sheen
Jon Cryer
11th March 12, 1985 John Forsythe 31st January 9, 2005 Jason Alexander
Malcolm Jamal Warner
12th March 13, 1986 John Denver 32nd January 10, 2006 Craig Ferguson
13th March 14, 1987 Dick Van Dyke 33rd January 9, 2007 Queen Latifah
14th March 13, 1988 Carl Reiner 34th January 8, 2008
15th August 23, 1989 Michael Landon
Michele Lee
35th January 7, 2009
16th March 11, 1990 Valerie Harper
Fred Savage
Army Archerd
Barbara Mandrell
36th January 6, 2010
17th March 11, 1991 Burt Reynolds 37th January 5, 2011
18th March 17, 1992 Kenny Rogers 38th January 11, 2012 Kaley Cuoco
19th March 17, 1993 John Ritter
Jane Seymour
39th January 9, 2013
20th March 8, 1994 Paul Reiser 40th January 8, 2014 Beth Behrs
Kat Dennings

See also


  1. "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV". People's Choice. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. Stillman, Josh (October 9, 2012). "Kaley Cuoco to host People's Choice Awards". CNN. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  3. Lee, Chris (December 19, 2007). "People's Choice Awards: Strike Leaves Little Choice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  4. "Bob Stivers; Producer of Celebrity Specials for TV". Los Angeles Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  5. "Bob Stivers, 66, Dies; Produced TV Specials". The New York Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  6. "Past Nominees & Winners: 1975". People's Choice. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  7. "Visible Measures Selected as Internet Video Measurement Partner for People's Choice Awards 2010". Shoot. October 29, 2009. Archived from the original on October 5, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  8. Motaski, Lauren (November 3, 2015). "People's Choice Awards 2016 Nominees Are Out". CBS. Retrieved November 10, 2015.

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