People's Choice Awards

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People's Choice Awards
42nd People's Choice Awards
People's Choice Awards logo.svg
Country United States
First awarded March 3, 1975
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 unlimited—the 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]


  • Favorite Movie
  • Favorite Movie Actor
  • Favorite Movie Actress
  • Favorite Action Movie
  • Favorite Action Actor
  • Favorite Action Actress
  • Favorite Animated Movie Voice
  • Favorite Comedy Movie
  • Favorite Comedic Movie Actor
  • Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
  • Favorite Dramatic Movie
  • Favorite Dramatic Movie Actor
  • Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress
  • Favorite Family Movie
  • Favorite Thriller Movie


  • Favorite TV Show
  • Favorite Network TV Comedy
  • Favorite Comedy TV Actor
  • Favorite Comedy TV Actress
  • Favorite Network TV Drama
  • Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
  • Favorite Dramatic TV Actress
  • Favorite Cable TV Comedy
  • Favorite Cable TV Drama
  • Favorite Cable TV Actor
  • Favorite Cable TV Actress
  • Favorite Premium Cable TV Show
  • Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor
  • Favorite Premium Cable TV Actress
  • Favorite TV Crime Drama
  • Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
  • Favorite Crime Drama TV Actress
  • Favorite Network Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
  • Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor
  • Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actress
  • Favorite Competition TV Show
  • Favorite Daytime TV Host
  • Favorite Daytime TV Hosting Team
  • Favorite Late Night Talk Show Host
  • Favorite Streaming Series
  • Favorite Actor in a New TV Series
  • Favorite Actress in a New TV Series
  • Favorite Animated TV Show
  • Favorite New TV Comedy
  • Favorite New TV Drama


  • Favorite Male Artist
  • Favorite Female Artist
  • Favorite Band
  • Favorite Breakout Artist
  • Favorite Male Country Artist
  • Favorite Female Country Artist
  • Favorite Country Group
  • Favorite Pop Artist
  • Favorite Hip-Hop Artist
  • Favorite R&B Artist
  • Favorite Album
  • Favorite Song
  • Favorite Music Icon


  • Favorite Social Media Celebrity
  • Favorite Social Media Star
  • Favorite Mobile Game
  • Favorite Video Game
  • Favorite YouTube Star
  • The Seriously Popular Award


See also


  1. "People's Choice Awards: Fan Favorites in Movies, Music & TV". People's Choice. Retrieved 22 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Stillman, Josh (October 9, 2012). "Kaley Cuoco to host People's Choice Awards". CNN. Retrieved September 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Lee, Chris (December 19, 2007). "People's Choice Awards: Strike Leaves Little Choice". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Bob Stivers; Producer of Celebrity Specials for TV". Los Angeles Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Bob Stivers, 66, Dies; Produced TV Specials". The New York Times. February 20, 1988. Retrieved September 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Past Nominees & Winners: 1975". People's Choice. Retrieved September 22, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Motaski, Lauren (November 3, 2015). "People's Choice Awards 2016 Nominees Are Out". CBS. Retrieved November 10, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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