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‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022’ airs live Friday, Dec. 31, beginning at 8/7c on ABC
MRC Live & Alternative and ABC announced Thursday the “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022” 50th year celebration will feature the show’s first-ever Spanish language countdown with Puerto Rico as the inaugural host destination. The Spanish language countdown festivities will take place on the grounds of the Puerto Rico Convention Center and DISTRITO T-Mobile, Puerto Rico’s newest entertainment and nightlife complex. The most-watched annual celebration, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” will air Friday, Dec. 31, live on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.
In his 17th year, multihyphenate headlining host Ryan Seacrest will oversee New Year’s festivities in Times Square.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” America’s go-to annual New Year’s tradition, which celebrates the year’s very best in music. The show sets the stage to ring in the new year with more than five-and-a-half-hours of performances airing until 2 a.m. It and gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe.
Details around co-hosts, performers in Times Square and additional locations will be announced closer to show night.
“As we expand the footprint of ‘New Year's Rockin’ Eve,’ we’re proud to broadcast from Puerto Rico as we showcase the vibrant multicultural destination to commemorate this milestone year for the iconic New Year’s celebration,” MRC Live and Alternative President Adam Stotsky said.
“As we prepare to leave 2021 behind and look to the promising year ahead, we’re so happy to be working alongside MRC to celebrate this momentous anniversary of ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022,’ ” said Rob Mills, executive vice president, unscripted and alternative entertainment, Walt Disney Television. “This show has solidified its place in television history as the must-watch New Year’s Eve special, and the upcoming 50th year will be a can't-miss event with the biggest names in entertainment."
A press release stated, “The upcoming New Year’s celebration bolsters Puerto Rico’s exciting and similarly monumental year as the capital city of San Juan celebrates its 500th anniversary. This also complements the island’s world-renowned existing holiday season festivities; a time of year that vividly reflects the Island’s vibrant culture, food, dance and music that shine through local festivals and celebrations.”
Puerto Rico’s countdown will occur at 11 p.m.
“We are very excited to host ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2022’ on our Island and to count on this high-caliber event to project the greatness of Puerto Rico and our people,” Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said. “This celebration not only allows Puerto Ricans to enjoy this great historic event; it also speaks to diverse communities around the world that our island is ready to receive tourism and foster economic development. We have so much to offer as a destination, and ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ will be a testament to all that Puerto Rico has to offer.”
Brad Dean, CEO of Discover Puerto Rico, said, “This iconic moment further elevates Puerto Rico as a must-visit destination for 2022. We could not think of a better way to celebrate this New Year than with a first-ever, historic commemoration, welcoming record-breaking visitor numbers during high season. We invite travelers everywhere to start their 2022 alongside us.”
The No. 1 New Year’s Eve programming special each year, “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2021” dominated the combined deliveries of its broadcast competitors by 7.0 million total viewers and by 63% with adults 18-49. Soaring by double digits year over year, last year’s late-night telecast attracted 18.4 million total viewers and ranked as the highest-rated musical special of 2020 among adults 18-49.
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