ABC Rings in its Biggest New Year's Eve Numbers in 12 Years

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January 1st, 2013

via press release:

With its New Year’s Eve lineup, featuring New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark and Dick Cark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,  ABC finished a dominant #1 on the evening, winning all 6 half-hours of primetime and more than doubling its nearest competition in Total Viewers (+168% over CBS), while outdelivering its combined network competition by 15% in Adults 18-49 (CBS, NBC and Fox combined).


  • Building year to year viewers and young adults, ABC marked its biggest New Year’s Eve numbers during primetime in 12 years – since 12/31/00.


ABC took full control from 8-10pm with New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark beating its nearest competition (CBS) by 154% in viewers and by 189% with young adults.


Spiking over its lead-in, ABC’s broadcast of Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013 overshadowed the final hour of the night and ranked as the #1 TV program in prime with Total Viewers and across each of the key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54).  In fact during the final hour of prime, Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve topped CBS and NBC combined with Total Viewers (+58%) and more than doubled their combined Adult 18-49 numbers (+116%).


  • Head-to-head from 10-11pm, ABC’s Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest eclipsed NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly Prime by 9.5 million viewers and by 273% in Adults 18-49.


·         Up over last year’s telecast, Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve attracted its largest audience ever on ABC – the special premiered on the Net in 2000.

  • Just Joe

    We watched the ball drop on tv last night in the Killeen Texas area (zip 76543). After the local news break, ABC Dick Clark show never came back on. Instead we got an episode of “ET” with stories of who died in 2012 and then a people’s court type show with the black judge through midnight. We were forced to watch CNN and the Carson Daly one to see anything. Was this just our area?

  • Steven P

    Joe – Not sure if you’re in the Austin or Waco DMA, but I’m in the Austin TX DMA and KVUE (our ABC affiliate) had Dick Clark on tape delay after the local news and a cut away to Dallas. You didn’t miss much as they couldn’t handle broadcasting Dick Clark in HD when they were on Tape Delay (they could when it was live).

  • E

    I just don’t understand why it’s so important for every city in the country to shoe the ball drop in New York City?
    Especially when they tape delay it in other time zones. Wouldn’t it be more appealing for cities to have their own celebrations counting down to the new year and televise it?

  • Samuel

    Am I the only person who was shocked that 12 years ago was only Dec. 31, 2000?

  • Joseph

    If my memory serves me correct, the December 31st, 1999 New Year’s telecast on ABC drew a record number of viewers for any TV program broadcast at 12 Midnight EST on New Year’s Eve.

    That year, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” was not broadcast as such. Instead, ABC broadcast a 25-hour marathon called “ABC 2000″ that featured live coverage of New Year’s Eve events around the world including live coverage of the arrival of 2000 in each time zone.

    Although “ABC 2000″ was hosted by Peter Jennings, Dick Clark did do the countdown to Midnight in Times Square, and there were a few musical performances, most of which were of the type normally featured on “Rockin’ Eve”.

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