NEW YORK - Ryan Seacrest is still the king of New Year's Eve.
ABC devoted its entire prime-time schedule last Tuesday to Seacrest's "New Year's Rockin' Eve." During the 10 p.m. hour as the ball dropping came near, Seacrest's show averaged 12.2 million viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. By contrast, Carson Daly's show on NBC at the same hour had 5.7 million viewers.
Nielsen did not immediately have estimates for how many viewers were watching at midnight for the calendar turning.
Nielsen did have averages for the cable news networks. Between 11 p.m. and 12:30 a.m., Fox News Channel had just under 2 million viewers for its program hosted by Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and featuring members of the "Duck Dynasty" family. CNN's annual show with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin had 1.73 million for the same hour.