TV Ratings Tuesday: ‘New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’ Rises to New High, but ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Still Reigns Supreme

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Scoreboard ABC NBC CBS CW FOX x
Adults 18-49: Rating/Share 2.6/9 1.7/6 0.7/2 0.6/2 0.5/2 x
Adults 18-34: Rating/Share 2.0/9 1.5/7 0.4/2 0.6/2 0.4/2 x
Total Viewers (million) 9.064 5.952 6.279 1.367 1.237  

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

On ABC, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music scored a 2.1  adults 18-49 rating. Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest garnered a 3.7, down half a ratings point from last year’s record-setting 4.2 adults 18-49 rating, but up from the 2.7 the special earned the last time it aired on a Tuesday (way back in 2002!).

On NBC, A Toast to 2013 scored a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating. New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly earned a 1.8, up six tenths from last year’s 1.2 adults 18-49 rating, and the special’s highest rating since it began airing annually in 2008.

Broadcast primetime ratings for Tuesday, December 31, 2013:

Time Net Show 18-49 Rating 18-49 Share Viewers Live+SD (million)
8:00PM ABC New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music(8-10PM) 2.1 7 7.55
NBC A Toast to 2013 (8-10PM) 1.6 6 6.04
CBS NCIS -R 0.9 3 8.02
FOX Dads -R 0.6 2 1.75
CW iHeartRadio Music Festival -R 0.6 2 1.37
8:30PM FOX Brooklyn Nine-Nine -R 0.5 2 1.34
9:00 PM CBS NCIS: LA -R 0.7 2 6.26
FOX New Girl -R 0.4 1 0.98
9:30PM FOX The Mindy Project 0.3 1 0.88
10:00 PM ABC Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 3.7 13 12.10
NBC NBC New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly 1.8 6 5.78
CBS Person of Interest -R 0.5 2 4.56

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” (5.2 rating, 11 share in metered-market households) is up 6 percent versus last year’s 4.9/11, to match the annual special’s highest rating ever in its nine years on the air.  The only other year “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” was able to match last night’s 5.2 was four years ago on Dec. 31, 2009.  Versus two years ago, last night’s rating is up 21% (5.2/11 vs. 4.3/10 on Dec. 31, 2011).


  • “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” was the only 11 or 11:30 telecast on ABC, NBC or Fox to grow versus last year.  Other late-night averages last night in the 56 markets metered by Nielsen included: Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” 2.6/6 in metered-market households from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m., down 7% vs. last year’s 2.8/6; and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013” on ABC, 10.1/24 from 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m., down 5% vs. last year’s 10.6/25.


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” (3.1 rating, 11 share in adults 18-49) is up 11 percent versus last year’s 2.8/10) to hit a four-year high (best since 2009, 3.4).  It’s the second highest Local People Meter rating to date for the annual special in its nine years on the air (2005-2013).  Versus two years ago, “NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” is up 19% in the Local People Meters (3.1/11 vs. 2.6/9 on Dec. 31, 2011).  Other Local People Meter results last night were a 2.1/8 for Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live,” up 5% vs. last year’s 2.0/7; and 7.1/28 for ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013,” down 8% vs. last year’s 7.7/29.


  • National results for the December 31 late-night programs, including viewer numbers, are due from Nielsen Media Research on Thursday, Jan. 9.
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