While the majority of the country went out to celebrate the New Year those that stayed in paid tribute to an industry legend!
Following the April passing of TV and music pioneer Dick Clark, it became immediately clear this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration would come with a somber note. However as Clark repeatedly told family and colleagues during his distinguished career, the show must go on and it did in spectacular fashion.
The first edition of ABC’s “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” without the man lovingly referred to as “the world’s oldest teenager,” smashed a ratings record as 13.3 million viewers tuned into the annual special last night. Hosted by Clark’s protégée and friend Ryan Seacrest, the show pulled in a strong overall 4.1 demo rating among the coveted 18-49 demographic. In terms of total audience it was the most watched installment in the “Rockin’ Eve” series EVER dating back to 2000 when it first premiered in its present form.
In fact 9.4 million of those viewers also started there night with the network as Seacrest and co-hosts Fergie and Jenny McCarthy counted down the top moments of Clark’s legendary career with the “New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark” special. The two-hour event earned a 2.6 rating in the demo.
During the most watched window of 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., “Rockin’ Eve” saw their demo jump to a 10.6, which doubled NBC’s “New Year's Eve With Carson Daly” which had a 4.9 in the same category. However, bolstered by his strong following from “The Voice,” Daly actually saw a 14% ratings boost as his special hit a three year high. FOX’s “New Year’s Eve Live” with host Marlon Wayans came in third with a 2.8.
So what’s your take New York? Did you spend part of your night remembering one pop culture's best and brightest? Hit the comments and let us know.