ABC's 'New Year's Rockin' Eve-Part 1' soars year over year by 5.3 million viewers to draw its biggest audience in at least 27 years
Part 2 of ABC's 'NYE Late-Night Bash' scores its 2nd highest numbers ever
•"Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve - Part 1" (11:30 p.m. -12:32 a.m.):
After setting all-time records in primetime, the first late-night segment of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" on Sunday soared to 25.6 million viewers with an 8.2 rating among adults 18-49 (10.6 million), marking the special's biggest overall audience in at least 27 years - predating the start of Nielsen's electronic database in September 1991.
ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve - Part 1" outdelivered CBS' 2017 "Grammy Awards" telecast by 5 percent in adults 18-49 (8.2 rating vs. 7.8 rating on Feb. 12) to finish as the No. 1 music special of 2017.
"NYRE Part 1" shot up year to year by 5.3 million viewers (25.6 million vs. 20.3 million) and by 26 percent in adults 18-49 (8.2 rating vs. 6.5 rating). In fact, the annual special drew its largest-ever crowd on electronic record and its third-highest young adult number.
• "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve - Part 2" (1:09-2:07 a.m.):
Despite its late time period, the second late-night segment of "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest" attracted an average audience of 8.9 million total viewers and a 3.1 rating in adults 18-49 (3.9 million).
The final segment of the show was also up by double digits year to year in total viewers (up 24 percent - 8.9 million vs. 7.2 million) and adults 18-49 (up 24 percent - 3.1 rating vs. 2.5 rating), scoring its second-highest numbers ever on both measures. ABC began airing "Part 2" in 2000.
Source: The Nielsen Company, Fast National, Live + Same Day Program Ratings for 12/31/17.