Late-night celebration nabbed its largest gathering ever
More viewers stayed up late with Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve this time around than any time during the ABC perennial’s 29-year history. In fact, Clark’s ball-dropping coverage drew a larger audience than anything that aired in primetime during the same week.According to national ratings issued Friday by Nielsen, the 2000 edition of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” (11:35 p.m. to 12:29 a.m.) averaged 23.2 million viewers — its largest gathering ever. It also delivered the program’s largest adults 25-54 audience ever (12.3 million viewers) as well as its largest 18-49 showing (11.7 million) since 1990. In overall audience, “Rockin’ Eve’s” viewers bests by more than 4 million the most-watched program in primetime during the Dec. 25-31 week (18.9 million for a Tuesday episode of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”) Among the musical guests performing on the show were Boys II Men, 98 Degrees and Third Eye Blind. The late segment of “Rockin’ Eve” (1:05-2:02 a.m.) also produced its largest audience and best demos ever, including an overall average crowd of 6.2 million viewers.