ABC rang in the new year with the best numbers of any broadcaster, as Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve averaged 8.4 million total viewers and a 2.4 demo rating during primetime — exactly matching last year’s fast nationals.
NBC’s three-hour programming block placed second in the demo, with New Year’s Eve: Escape From 2020 and NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 averaging 4.4 mil and a 0.9.
CBS’ lineup of assorted reruns actually drew Thursday’s second-largest audience (averaging 4.5 mil), while scoring a 0.3 demo rating.
Fox’s New Year’s Eve Toast & Roast, hosted by the ubiquitous Joel McHale and Ken Jeong, averaged 2 mil and a 0.6 — down a steep 25 percent from Steve Harvey’s year-ago turn as NYE host.
The Live+Same Day numbers reported in our ratings column do not reflect a show’s overall performance, given the increased use of delayed playback via DVR and streaming platforms, plus out-of-home viewing. These numbers (Nielsen fast nationals, unless denoted as finals) instead aim to simply illustrate trends or superlatives. Warning: Contents may be hot!