ABC’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ with Ryan Seacrest draws biggest audience since 2000

By Daniel S Levine,

Viewers turned out big for ABC’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve this year, which paid tribute to the late Dick Clark. Monday night was all about the television pioneer with a two-hour special and tributes throughout the night. Rockin’ Eve had its largest audience in a decade, easily beating the other networks.

In total, ABC drew an average 10.655 million viewers on the night and a 3.1 18-49 rating, reports HitFix. The two-hour special covering Clark’s life and career started with 8.25 million viewers for its first hour and was up to 10.46 million for the second hour. Overall, it had a 2.6 18-49 rating. Rockin’ Eve, which was hosted by Ryan Seacrest and highlighted by a performance from Taylor Swift drew 13.3 million viewers and a 4.1 18-49 rating.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, while the rating in the key demo was the same as the 2011 special, the total number of viewers jumped. It was the largest audience since 2000.

NBC, which had a special hosted by Carson Daly and aired the Disney film Enchanted, averaged a 0.9 18-49 rating on the night and 3.3 million viewers.

CBS’ repeats averaged 4 million viewers and a 0.8 18-49 rating.

The final episodes of The Mob Doctor had 2.95 million viewers and a 0.5 18-49 rating for Fox.

The CW re-aired the iHeartRadio Music Festival, which had just 1.3 million viewers and a 0.5 key demo rating.



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