Nielsen: It Was the Show’s Biggest Audience in Four Years So Think Again Andy Cohen

Says the Nielsen company, “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” is still the biggest, and Ryan Seacrest is still king of New Year’s Eve television.

Seacrest, inheritor of ABC’s 50-year-old “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from Dick Clark, reached 19.6 million viewers between 11:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. during New Year’s weekend, the Nielsen company said. During the 15-minute interval where the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square, his audience jumped to 24.2 million people.

Andy Cohen was co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve special which also aired from Times Square. A drunken Cohen drew in audience for referring to “Ryan Seacrest’s group of losers.” He said that people watching ABC had “seen nothing.”

But a sober Cohen changed his tune two days later saying he liked Seacrest who was a great guy and thathe regretted saying what he said. “I was just stupid and drunk and feeling it,” Cohen said.

Among broadcast networks last week, NBC had the highest prime-time average of 4.4 million viewers. CBS had 3.9 million. CNN’s shot-filled celebration with Cohen and Anderson Cooper reached 3.3 million viewers between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Fox had 3 million, ABC had 2.8 million, Univision had 1.4 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 890,000.

– Ella Breedlove