By far the most people chose to ring in 2017 with ABC, but its “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special wasn’t quite as dominant as it was the year before.

The 11:30 p.m.-1:15 a.m. portion of “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” — featuring the ball drop in Times Square and Mariah Carey’s, uh, interesting performance shortly before midnight — drew a 9.0/22 household rating in the overnight metered markets and a 6.8/27 among adults 18-49.

Both figures are more than double the closest competition, but “Rockin’ Eve” was also off a bit from a year ago. It was down about 9 percent in households (from 9.9) and 8 percent in adults 18-49 (from 7.4).

NBC’s “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly” finished second with considerably better ratings than a year ago. The 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. show drew a 5.1/11 in households, up 19 percent from a year ago, and a 3.3/12 in adults 18-49, a 22-percent improvement. The 18-49 metered market rating was the show’s best since 2009.

“Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution” on FOX posted a 2.6/6 in households and 2.4/9 in the 18-49 demographic, down from 3.1/7 and 2.7/10 the previous year.

Final numbers for the late-night broadcasts, as well as those on cable, will be out Wednesday.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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