ABC’s Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest on Sunday night drew 15.7 million total viewers and a 5.0 demo rating during the 10 o’clock hour, surging 35 and 30 percent from last year to mark the program’s best numbers in that time slot since debuting (with a Seacrestified title) in 2000.
From 10-11 p.m., the crowd swelled to 15.7 million viewers and a whopping 5.2/20 in the key demo — up 35% and 39%, respectively, from last year. Those numbers marked the highest scores in that hour since the Ryan Seacrest edition of the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special bowed in 2000.
Specific viewership figures for the 11 p.m.-midnight hour when Carey performed won’t be available until Tuesday. But it’s clear that America showed up to give the singer another chance after a technical debacle last year led an angry Carey to make a hasty exit from the stage.
Fox also saw a big bounce in viewership by planting Steve Harvey in Times Square for a live special. Compared to last year’s Pitbull-hosted event from Miami, “Fox’s New Year’s Eve With Steve Harvey” attracted nearly five times the crowd (5.8 million from 8-10 p.m. compared to 1.4 million).
Fox this year handed the reins to Steve Harvey, who from 8 to 10 pm averaged 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating. That doubled the demo delivery of Pitbull’s most recent NYE hosting (December 2015) while improving the audience by 123 percent. (Last year, Fox took a knee with drama series repeats, which did 1.4 mil and a 0.3).
Meanwhile, NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (5.1 rating in the metered market households, 3.3 in 18-49 in the markets with local people meters), came in strong after the double-digit declines last year, shooting up +22% in the demo to a seven-year high, and up +19% in households, the best in three years.
For the night, ABC (2.4 in 18-49, 8.16 million) once again drew higher averages than the other three broadcast networks combined.