There is a reason why the only guy in the world who gets paychecks from FOX, NBC, E! and ABC all in the same year anchors the biggest New Years Eve bash in the nation. And on this night, ABC had him and the crowd that follows him. At 8P, ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Presents the 30 Greatest Women in Music’ drew 7.55 million. But that was only the warm up act for the BIG show. At 10P, ‘Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest’ drew 12.10 million. The view of a million people in Time Square behind Seacrest was all you needed to see. And ABC waltzed through the prime time evening all over the nation with a smile on its face. It again was the New Years Eve winner and still champion.
NBC began the evening at 8P with ‘A Toast to 2013’ and the two hour special drew 6.04 million. At 10P, ‘NBC New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly’ drew 5.78 million 5.2 rating/11 share), which finished #2 in its time period. It was up 6% versus last year’s 4.9/11, to match the annual special’s highest rating ever in its nine years on the air. But it is what it is…Seacrest smoked Daly.
CBS did what it usually does in times like this…run reruns of its regularly scheduled programs. At 8P, a rerun of ‘NCIS’ as usual, won the time slot with 8.04 million viewers while at 9P, a rerun of ‘NCIS:LA’ drew 6.26 million. At 10P, a rerun of ‘Person Of Interest’ finished The Tiffany Networks New Years evening with 4.56 million. It doesn’t get into the alternative programming game. It has the content and it runs the content. That’s why Leroy Jethro Gibbs gets the big bucks…to win its time slot against all odds with reruns even if he has one arm tied behind his back by making sure whatever is bothering Abby is fixed.
Then came The CW’s time to shine. Believe it or not, it beat FOX. Yep. The Little Network That Could did. at 8P, the two hour special ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival’ pulled in 1.37 million, beating FOX three of the half-hours they went head to head.
FOX tried to mimic CBS with its traditional lineup but it didn’t have the content to pull it off. At 8P, ‘Dads’ drew 1.75 million. At 830P, the lame ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ drew 1.34 million. At 9P, ‘New Girl’ was viewed by 980,000 viewers, one of the smallest broadcast audience on this network in years, while at 930P, ‘The Mindy Project’ set a new low with 880,000 viewers. It must have been friends and family night at the Animal Network of Broadcast.
For the record, ABC was #1 with 9.064 million viewers. CBS was #2 with 6.279 million. NBC finished 2013’s final night with 5.952 million. The CW finished #4 with 1.367 million while FOX finished last with 1.237 million viewers.
Across The Pond:
BBC One was again the big winner on New Year’s Eve. ‘Celebrity Mastermind at 7P drew 3.87 million (10.5%) and at 9P, ‘Two Doors Down’ drew 3 million (15.4%). But that was only the beginning.’The Graham Norton Show’ drew 4.76 million viewers and 26.6% share of the audience for its New Year special at 10.15pm last night (December 31). With guests including the cast of Anchorman 2, Monty Python and Jackie and Joan Collins, increased viewership over last year by 200,000. ‘Gary Barlow’s Big Ben Bash Live’ pulled in 6.76 million (38.4%) at midnight. BBC One’s New Year Live drew a massive 13.7 million viewers, that’s 3 million over last year.
BBC Two, At 730P, a ‘Christmas University Challenge’ brought in 2.41 million (11.5%) and the new series, ‘Nature’s Weirdest Events’ brought in 2.22 million (11%) at 8P. At 9P, ‘Tudor Monastery Farm’ pulled in 1.57 million (8.06%) and at 10P, the last episode of ‘Mock the Week’ drew 1.07 million (5.74%). 2.56 million (18.6%) brought in the New Year with ‘Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny 2013’ at 1130P.
ITV, brought the 2008 ABBA musical ‘Mamma Mia’ at 8P and it drew 2.13 million (10.82%). At 1015P, ‘2013: A Funny Old Year’ drew 1.46 million (8.15%).
Channel 4, at 7P, ‘Deal or No Deal’ drew 900,000 viewers (4.26%) and at 8P, ‘Celebrity Fifteen to One’ had 1.53 million (7.55%) watch. ‘Alan Carr’s New Year Spectacular’ at 9P, with guests including ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ champion Abbey Clancy, Emma Willis and Keith Lemon drew 1.54 million (8.19%).
Channel 5’s ‘The Gadget Show’ drew 649,000 (3.08%) at 7P. At 8P, ‘World’s Strongest Man’ pulled in 1.18 million (5.87%) and at 9P, ‘Greatest Stand Up Comedians’ drew 1 million viewers (5.44%).
ITV3 had the highest primetime ratings on the multichannels with ‘Midsummer Murder’ which drew 995,000 viewers (5.01%) at 8P. At 10P, 515,000 (2.82%) watched Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’.
BBC Three at 8P presented ‘Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom’ which drew 747,000 (3.76%).
As you can see, no matter where people were viewing television on New Year’s Eve, the were…
Happy New Year.