Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve draws its most viewers in at least 27 years


Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming
New Year’s Eve: December 31, 2017 – January 1, 2018

ABC’s ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest – Part 1’
Tops CBS’ ‘The Grammys’ to Rank as the No. 1 Music Special of 2017
ABC’s ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve-Part 1’ Soars Year Over Year by
5.3 Million Viewers to Draw Its Biggest Audience in at Least 27 Years
Part 2 of ABC’s ‘NYE Late-Night Bash’ Scores Its 2nd Highest Numbers Ever

Ryan Seacrest

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Part 1” (11:30 p.m. -12:32 a.m.):
After setting all-time records in primetime, the first late-night segment of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” soared to 25.6 million viewers with an 8.2 rating among Adults 18-49 (10.6 million), marking the special’s biggest overall audience in at least 27 years – predating the start of Nielsen’s electronic database in September 1991.

ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Part 1” outdelivered CBS’ 2017 “Grammy Awards” telecast by 5% in Adults 18-49 (8.2 rating vs. 7.8 rating on 2/12/17) to finish as the No. 1 music special of 2017.

“NYRE Part 1” shot up year to year by 5.3 million viewers (25.6 million vs. 20.3 million) and by 26% in Adults 18-49 (8.2 rating vs. 6.5 rating). In fact the annual special drew its largest-ever crowd on electronic record and its 3rd highest young adult number.

“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve – Part 2” (1:09-2:07 a.m.):
Despite its late time period, the second late-night segment of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” attracted an average audience of 8.9 million Total Viewers and a 3.1 rating in Adults 18-49 (3.9 million).

The final segment of the show was also up by double digits year to year in Total Viewers (+24% – 8.9 million vs. 7.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (+24% – 3.1 rating vs. 2.5 rating), scoring its 2nd highest numbers ever on both measures – ABC began airing Part 2 in 2000.

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