Last night a good chunk of Americans got to watch Jenny McCarthy make out with yet another military man to ring in the New Year. Though some things never change, others do, and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve proved there was still room for growth, hitting the show’s highest numbers since 2000. Over at NBC, Ryan Seacrest’s biggest competitor, Carson Daly’s show also did well, inching up 8% in the ratings. It wasn’t even close to enough to take down the behemoth that is Rockin’ Eve, however.

ABC started out the night with a tribute to Dick Clark, which I initially assumed would be depressing, but in practice was actually a joyful look at some of the man’s favorite performances. The special, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve Celebrates Dick Clark did a 2.7 rating in viewers. Later in the night, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest did a whopping 13.3 million total viewers, up 168% from last year.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly did fine, averaging a 1.1 rating and 3.8 million viewers. While those numbers look abysmal alongside ABC, NBC really pulled some solid numbers when compared with CBS, which didn’t even attempt the New Year’s game, pulling in a .8 rating in the 18-49 in the key demographic. According to HitFix, Fox, buoyed by its New Year’s Eve special--which aired from Las Vegas--only managed to pull in a .5 rating in the 18-49 demographic. These are the hazards of not airing from Times Square. Perhaps CBS was smart in staying out of the game, instead airing reruns of 2 Broke Girls and Mike & Molly.

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