Andy Cohen may have called ABC’s 50-year-old New Year’s Rockin’ Eve a “group of losers,” but the Nielsen ratings tell a different tale.
ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” maintained its title as the highest-rated and most-watched New Year’s Eve celebration telecast, hitting a four-year high in ratings and viewers https://t.co/TK3YbxGWzB
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Seacrest, inheritor of ABC’s 50-year-old “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from Dick Clark, reached 19.6 million viewers between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. last weekend, the Nielsen company said. During the 15-minute interval where the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square, his audience jumped to 24.2 million people.
It was the show’s biggest audience in four years, Nielsen said.
A drunken Cohen, who was co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve special also from Times Square, attracted attention for referring to “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers.” He said that people watching ABC had “seen nothing.”
CNN’s NYE event hosted by Cohen and Anderson Cooper reached 3.3 million viewers between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m.
NBC scored 6.3 million viewers during that same time and CBS’ country-themed show garnered 5.2 million viewers.
Fox News Channel’s Nashville-based show, which had 2.1 million people watching.