ABC devoted its entire prime-time schedule last Tuesday to Seacrest’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” During the 10 p.m. hour as the ball dropping came near, Seacrest’s show had more than twice as many viewers as Carson Daly’s competing show on NBC. The Nielsen company says Seacrest’s show averaged 12.2 million viewers. By contrast, Carson Daly’s show at the same hour had 5.7 million viewers.
Nielsen did not immediately have figures for the midnight hour, which would have required the networks to pay extra.
On the cable side, Fox News Channel beat CNN, with the help of the “Duck Dynasty” cast.