ABC took another New Year's Eve ratings crown on Monday night, besting all
networks in adults 18-49 (3.1 rating) and total viewers (10.7 million). After
the two-hour special honoring the show's founder, "New Year's Rockin' Eve
Celebrates Dick Clark" (2.6 adults), the first hour of the official show, "Dick
Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest," started its road to midnight
with a 4.1 adults rating. Even with its 2011 showing in the demo, the show
surged in total viewers from last year with its largest haul since 2000 (13.3
The "Rockin' Eve" show was the first since Clark's passing from a heart
attack in April.
ABC easily topped the evening, more than doubling its nearest competition,
CBS, in total viewers, and beating its combined network competition by 15% in
adults 18-49 (CBS, NBC and Fox combined).
Elsewhere, "New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" was up two tenths of a point in
the key demo, rising from last year to a 1.1 adults rating on NBC. Including its
broadcast of "Enchanted," the network averaged a 0.9 with 18-49-ers and 3.3
Encores on CBS averaged a 0.8 adults rating and 4 million viewers, while two
episodes of "The Mob Doctor" brought in a 0.6 and 0.4 adults rating at 8 and 9
p.m. The two broadcasts averaged a 0.5 adults rating and 2.95 million
The CW's repeat airing of the "iHeartRadio Music Festival" earned a 0.5
rating with adults 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers.