TV Ratings Monday: 'New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest' Towers Over 'New Year's Eve With Carson Daly' and Repeats

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January 1st, 2013

Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS FOX CW x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 3.1/10 0.9/3 0.8/3 0.5/2 0.5/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.3/10 0.6/3 0.5/2 0.4/2 0.4/2 x
Total Viewers (million) 10.655 3.314 4.028 2.952 1.316 x


ABC was number one with adults 18-49 and with total viewers.

On ABC, New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark scored a 2.6 adults 18-49 rating. Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest garnered a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating, it's biggest in 12 years.

On NBC, New Year's Eve With Carson Daly earned a 1.1 adults 18-49 rating, up from last year's 0.9 rating.

On FOX, The Mob Doctor burnoff continues with the latest installment getting a 0.4, down four tenths from the 0.8 adults 18-49 rating its last original earned.

On the CW, the iHeartRadio Music Festival earned a 0.5 among adults 18-49.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Monday, December 31, 2012:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark (8-10PM) 2.6 9 9.35
CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 0.9 3 3.55
NBC Enchanted -R (8-10PM) 0.7 3 3.10
FOX Bones -R 0.6 2 3.55
CW iHeartRadio Music Festival (8-10PM) 0.5 2 1.32
8:30 PM CBS How I Met Your Mother -R 0.8 3 3.11
9:00PM CBS 2 Broke Girls -R 0.9 3 4.08
FOX The Mob Doctor 0.4 1 2.35
9:30PM CBS Mike & Molly -R 0.8 3 4.18
10:00PM ABC Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 4.1 14 13.26
NBC NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly 1.1 4 3.80
CBS Hawaii Five-O -R 0.8 3 4.63

Via NBC Press Note:

In Late-Night Metered-Market Household Averages for Saturday night:

*	From 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m., "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson
Daly" (4.9 rating, 11 share in metered-market households) is up 14
percent versus last year's 4.3/10 to deliver a three-year high.  It's
the annual telecast's highest metered-market rating since a 5.2 on
December 31, 2009.  Other late-night averages last night included:
Fox's "New Year's Eve Live," 2.8/6 in metered-market households from
11 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan
Seacrest 2013" on ABC, 10.6/25 from 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m.   

*	In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, "NBC's New Year's
Eve with Carson Daly" (2.8 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49) is up 8
percent versus last year's 2.6/9 to match its highest rating in the
Local People Meters in three years.  Other results were a 2.0/7 for
Fox's "New Year's Eve Live" and 7.7/29 for ABC's "Dick Clark's New
Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013." 

*	National results for the December 31 late-night programs,
including viewer numbers, are due from Nielsen Media Research on
Thursday, Jan. 10.

You can see TV ratings from other recent Overnight ratings reports here.


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  • Timothy

    Is there a place I can look up start dates for the mid-season premieres?

  • John A

    CBS repeated badly.

  • david

    The Iheart music special the CW showed did good. I think it was the same as what they aired back on October 2. They repeated it i think. Everything but ABC did terrible.

  • Patrick G.

    Still not the same on ABC without Dick Clark. Rest in peace fine sir. You are missed!

  • tomsman

    3 things:
    1) Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to another year of snark on tvbtn!
    2) That picture makes Taylor Swift look just like Traci Lords (dating myself a bit).
    3) Kathy and Anderson on CNN were awesome last night. A new tradition in our household.

  • Bee

    amazing numbers for ABC.

    did they promote their shows a lot? i just watched a little bit here and there and saw one revenge promo and one scandal promo.

  • Ashley

    Not a fan of NBC and especially not a fan of Carson Daly. He seems nice enough but he’s as interesting as dry toast. I’ve watched all 3 seasons of The Voice and I cannot stand him as the host. He’s very awkward and cannot ad lib well at all. Hate to admit it but it really proves how talented Ryan Seacrest is as a host, even if we can’t stand him either. The Voice could have better ratings if they had a great host.

  • rob60990

    “did they promote their shows a lot?”

    Mostly The Bachelor & The Taste.

  • Sarah

    Happy New Year everyone!! :)

    Oh, and I don’t think Bones did too bad (demo-wise), considering the rerun was from last season.

  • Networkman

    One would think that New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly would of done better. The Voice was huge this past Fall. And many viewers, specifically the targeted youth demo, has gotten to know him very well as host. Maybe if he had the judges from The Voice as co-hosts the special would of performed better.

  • Azalea

    Why “YESS”?! ABC are just a network yet with the most annoying distorted press releases around.

  • a p garcia

    Dick Clark is almost as popular as Elvia!

  • Claire

    Why didn’t they show the ball drop on NBC, all they showed was people kissing. Very disappointing.

  • Alan

    I hope Emily Owens does well tonight, since it’s the only show in that slot that is coming back from hiatus tonight.

  • Phil

    I always watch DC’s NYRE every year but during commercial breaks I watch Carson for a few minutes. Give him props for competing because each year they are establishing a bigger audience.

  • Ateofi

    You do realize that H50 was a rerun? Besides, it did better than HIMYM and M&M in overall viewers and it had the same demo.

  • Ultima

    Is there a place I can look up start dates for the mid-season premieres?


    The Bachelor – 7 Jan
    The Taste – 22 Jan
    Body of Proof – 5 Feb
    Zero Hour – 14 Feb
    Red Widow – 3 Mar
    Dancing with the Stars – 18 Mar
    Celebrity Diving – 19 Mar
    How to Live with your Parents – 3 Apr
    The Family Tools – 1 May


    Rules of Engagement – 4 Feb
    The Job – 8 Feb
    Survivor – 13 Feb
    The Amazing Race – 17 Feb
    Golden Boy – 26 Feb


    American Idol – 16 Jan
    The Following – 21 Jan
    Touch – 8 Feb


    The Biggest Loser – 6 Jan
    Deception – 7 Jan
    Off Their Rockers – 8 Jan
    1600 Penn – 10 Jan
    Do No Harm – 31 Jan
    Smash – 5 Feb
    Community – 7 Feb
    The Celebrity Apprentice – 3 Mar
    Fashion Star – 8 Mar
    Grimm – 8 Mar
    The Voice – 25 Mar
    Revolution – 25 Mar
    Ready For Love – 31 Mar


    The Carrie Diaries – 14 Jan
    Cult – 19 Feb

  • Billy

    Good ratings for ABC. Now they get back to ratings reality next week with The Bachelor. I don’t expect much.

  • TeeVeeViewer

    New Year’s “Rockin’ Eve” hasn’t “rocked” for decades, but I guess the viewers who watched wouldn’t know the difference. R.I.P. Dick Clark, but his NYE show was always lame and now it’s worse with Seacrest as the primary host.

  • 728huey


    The viewing of the ball drop depended on where you were viewing the show. On most ABC affiliates it aired live, so if you watched DCNYRE last night outside of the Eastern time zone, you saw the ball drop an hour or two before your time zone struck midnight. However, some ABC affiliates and even some NBC affiliates may have aired alternate programming after their local news and decided to air the ball drop to correspond with their own time zones striking midnight. In my Central time zone city outside of Chicago, the ABC affiliate aired the ball drop on DCNYRE live, yet the NBC affiliate showed some choir singing in the hour after the local news and rejoined Carson Daly and the ball drop just before midnight.

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