New 12 months’s Eve tv viewership takes a dip

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NEW YORK (AP) — Tv scores for New 12 months’s Eve celebrations took a tumble this yr — and you’ll most likely partly blame the climate.

Opposite to what the soggy celebrants in New York’s Occasions Sq. would possibly assume, it’s due to good climate. Final yr’s ABC’s “New 12 months’s Rockin’ Eve” had its greatest viewers since not less than 1991 with a lot of the nation locked in a deep freeze and potential partygoers wanting to remain dwelling and maintain heat.

This yr, viewership for ABC’s prime-time New 12 months’s present with Ryan Seacrest averaged 9.1 million folks, down 26 p.c from final yr’s 12.Three million, the Nielsen firm stated. Fox’s prime-time present with Steve Harvey was down 47 p.c to three.1 million folks, though final yr’s numbers had been inflated as a result of Harvey got here on instantly after an NFL recreation.

Nielsen didn’t instantly have viewership numbers for late-night protection when the ball dropped at midnight to suggest the arrival of 2019. However in a preliminary sampling of the nation’s largest tv markets confirmed related declines to earlier within the night. ABC’s late-night protection was down 27 p.c from the earlier yr, whereas Fox was down 22 p.c, Nielsen stated.

NBC’s prime-time New 12 months’s Eve program with Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen was seen by 4.Eight million folks. The community didn’t have related programming final yr.

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Sports activities dominated an in any other case quiet week in tv, with ESPN’s prime-time scores topping all the broadcast networks. The school soccer playoff semifinals had been the preferred applications, led by the 18.5 million individuals who watched Alabama beat Oklahoma.

For the week, NBC averaged 5.2 million viewers in prime time. CBS had 4.6 million, ABC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.9 million, ION Tv had 1.Three million, Univision had 1.1 million, Telemundo had 960,000 and the CW had 680,000.

ESPN’s viewers topped all the broadcast and cable networks, with a 5.73 prime time common. The opposite prime cable networks had been Hallmark with 1.95 million, USA with 1.28 million, Fox Information Channel with 1.24 million and HGTV with 1.18 million.

ABC’s “World Information Tonight” topped the night newscasts with a median of 8.Eight million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly Information” had Eight million and the “CBS Night Information” had 6 million.

For the week of Dec. 24-30, the highest 10 reveals, their networks and viewerships: School Soccer Playoff: Oklahoma vs. Alabama, ESPN, 18.49 million; School Soccer Playoff: Notre Dame vs. Clemson, ESPN, 16.28 million; “Orange Bowl Pregame,” ESPN, 16.23 million; “Orange Bowl Postgame,” ESPN, 16.07 million; NFL Soccer: Indianapolis at Tennessee, NBC, 16.05 million; “Cotton Bowl Postgame, ESPN, 15.15 million; “NFL Pregame,” NBC, 11.54 million; “The OT,” Fox, 9.58 million; “Soccer Evening in America,” NBC, 8.98 million; NFL Soccer: Denver at Oakland, ESPN, 8.71 million.

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ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a three way partnership of Warner Bros. Leisure and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Tv is owned by ION Media Networks.

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