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ABC tops New Year’s Eve ratings

Seacrest-hosted event, tribute to Dick Clark score big

ABC remains the TV choice of Americans on New Year’s Eve, dominating once again when the ball dropped in New York.

In the first New Year’s Eve celebration without the late Dick Clark, the special that still bears his name, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” averaged a 10.6 household rating/25 share in Nielsen’s metered-market overnights from 11 p.m. Monday to 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. That put it well ahead of NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (4.9/11 from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.), which was up 14% from last year, and Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live” (2.8/6 from 11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.).

ABC scored in primetime as well on Monday, as a two-hour special “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” rolled from 8 to 10 p.m., averaging a 2.6 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 9.4 million viewers overall, according to preliminary Nielsen estimates. It beat the combined scores for repeat programming on CBS, NBC and Fox.

And from 10 to 11 p.m., the primetime portion of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” averaged a robust 4.1 rating/14 share in adults 18-49 and 13.3 million viewers overall — its largest audience in the show’s 14-year history. And for all of primetime, during which it won all six half-hours, ABC logged its biggest New Year’s Eve numbers since 2000.

Opposite ABC in the 10 o’clock hour, NBC’s primetime segment of “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (preliminary 1.1/4 in 18-49, 3.8 million viewers overall) shot up more than 20% vs. last year in both categories.

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