How To Watch The New Year's Eve Ball Drop And Other Countdowns

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We're only days away from the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, and there are plenty of ways to ring in the new year on the small screen. If you're not one to hit the town or party the night away on New Year's Eve, you can find plenty to entertain you on TV. Read on for what you can watch and where you can watch it on New Year's Eve 2017!

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve is probably the countdown that most people think of when they think of New Year's Eve on TV. The special has been an annual event since way back in 1972, although recent years have had to go on without Dick Clark. Ryan Seacrest is host nowadays, and he'll be based out of Times Square yet again for the end of 2017. The special runs for more than five hours, kicking off at 8 p.m. ET and not coming to an end until 2:13 a.m. ET, although there is a brief break in the festivities from 11:00 -11:30 p.m. ET. Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas, and Sugarland will perform in Times Square while Ciara hosts the event based out of Los Angeles. Lucy Hale of Pretty Little Liars will host the Central Time festivities from New Orleans. Britney Spears will perform as well from Las Vegas, and Mariah Carey will be back despite her mishap at the 2016 New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Where to watch: You can find Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC,, and the ABC mobile app.

Fox's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square

Fox will also be set up in Times Square, with talk show host and comedian Steve Harvey as host. 2017-2018 will mark Harvey's first year hosting the New Year's special for Fox. New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey will provide viewers with a good view of the Times Square Ball as it drops to ring in the new year. The special will feature live musical performances from the likes of Celine Dion, the Backstreet Boys, and Macklemore. Maria Menounos will co-host with Harvey. The first half of the festivities will begin at 8 p.m. ET and run until 10 p.m. ET. After an hour's break, Harvey and Co. will be back for the second half of the special from 11 p.m. ET to 12:30 a.m. ET.

Where to watch: You can watch live on Fox or via livestream on the Fox website.

CNN's New Year's Eve Live 2018

CNN will be teaming up Anderson Cooper with none other than Andy Cohen to ring in the new year live. Cohen is replacing Kathy Griffin as Cooper's co-host after she got the axe from the network due to staging a photo shoot that featured a bloody mask similar that looked an awful lot like the decapitated head of Donald Trump. Cooper and Cohen are longtime friends, so it could be a lot of fun to see their banter. They'll also be based out of Times Square, and coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET on CNN.

Where to watch: The special can be viewed live on CNN or streamed live with CNNGo if you have a cable TV provider.

Fox News' All-American New Year

Fox News Channel is getting into the New Year's Eve game with a live special out of Times Square. Coverage will begin at 8 p.m. ET with regular Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe and actor Dean Cain with a countdown to 2018. The main event of All-American New Year begins at 10 p.m. ET with Fox personalities Lisa "Kennedy" Montgomery and Jesse Waters hosting. Correspondent Griff Jenkins will check in from Nashville while reporter Casey Shimkus will be participating from Miami. Live musical acts will include performances from pop singer Andy Grammer and country music star Lauren Alaina.

Where to watch: New year's coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on Fox News and continues until 1 a.m. ET.

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdown

Netflix is going in a very different direction for counting down to the New Year. The streaming service has produced a number of different countdowns from various kids' shows that can be played at any time on December 31 so that children can enjoy the thrill of counting down to the New Year without staying up until midnight. The countdowns run for about 2-3 minutes each and are already available on Netflix, so parents can even check them out ahead of time to pick which to use to trick their kids into celebrating early. Countdown clips can be found starring characters from True and The Rainbow Kingdom, Pororo, Larva, Word Party, Puffin Rock, Beat Bugs, Skylanders Academy, All Hail King Julien, and Trollhunters (which recently released its fabulous second season).

Where to watch: Netflix!

Other options:

Feliz 2018! on Univision. This countdown will run from 9 p.m. ET on New Year's Eve until 3:15 a.m. on New Year's Day. Footage will come from sites in Times Square, San Antonio, Las Vegas, and California. Performances will include Bad Bunny, Banda El Recodo, Bronco, Carlos Vives, Chiquis, Ha*Ash, Karol G., Leslie Grace, Luis Coronel, Mau and Ricky, Olga Tanon, and Sebastian Yatra. Pitbull will appear as well.

Bienvenido 2018**, Telemundo.** The Telemundo special will run from 10 p.m. on December 31 to 12:30 a.m. ET on January 1. A live feed from Times Square hosted by Danna Paola will be available and feature highlights from 2017. Live performances will come courtesy of Zion & Lennox, Gerardo Ortiz, Jencarlos, Paty Cantu, Victor Manuelle, Nacho, and Gente de Zona.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news. For your viewing options once the New Year's festivities have come to an end, take a look at our 2018 midseason TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule. If you're not up on the shows that got the axe over the past year, be sure to check out our rundown of 2017 TV cancellations.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.