ABC rings up ratings

NBC holiday show isn't far behind

ABC has continued its stranglehold on the New Year’s Eve ratings race, dominating again last week even though NBC’s festivities also found an audience.

Nielsen overnights for Thursday show “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC averaged an 8.7 household rating/21 share from 11:30 p.m. to 1:15 a.m., up 2% from last year’s 8.5/20. The Alphabet’s extravaganza, again co-hosted by Clark and Ryan Seacrest, featured musical guests including Jennifer Lopez and Daughtry.

Clark has served as host of “Rockin’ Eve” every year since the show debuted in 1972, while Seacrest has been aboard as well for the past six years.

At NBC, “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” averaged a 5.2/12 in overnight households — also up slightly vs. last year (5.0/11) and better than the show’s five prior annual telecasts. The Peacock noted that preliminaries also show the telecast earning its best demo scores to date.

Fox’s “Billboard’s New Year’s Eve Live” earned a 2.7/6 in the overnights (down 21% from last year’s 3.4/7), and CBS went with a repeat of “The Late Show With David Letterman” (2.4/5, off a tick from last year’s 2.5/5).

Overall viewer estimates for New Year’s Eve won’t be available until the end of the week.

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