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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘Rockin’ Eve’ Draws Largest Primetime Audience Ever On ABC

By | Tuesday January 1, 2013 @ 9:57am PST
Nellie Andreeva

In its first year without Dick Clark, ABC’s Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest (4.1/14 in adults 18-49, 13.3 million viewers) did solid business, boosted by a Dick Clark special that opened the night from 8-10 PM with 2.6/9 in 18-49 and 9.4 million total viewers. ABC towered over the competition — NBC’s New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (1.1/4, 3.8 million) from 10-11 PM, Fox’s Mob Doctor and specials/repeats — posting its best New Year’s Eve primetime numbers in 12 years. This was New Year’s Rockin’ Eve‘s largest audience ever on ABC, where the special premiered in 2000. Carson Daly still posted 22% gains in 18-49 vs. last year. In late night, Carson Daly (4.9 rating/11 share in metered-market households from 11:30 PM-12:30 AM) was up 14% versus last year to a three-year high. ABC’s Rockin’ Eve still ruled the roost with a 10.6/25 from 11:30 PM-1:15 AM. Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live posted a 2.8/6 from 11 PM-12:30 AM.

Elsewhere in primetime, an original of Fox’s Mob Doctor (0.4/1) was down 50% from its most recent outing. The CW did decent business with the iHeartRadio Music Festival special (0.5/2).

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Fox Pushes ‘Touch’ Return By Week, Makes It Two-Hour; Sets ‘Mob Doctor’ End Date

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 11:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

The second season of Fox‘s Touch, originally slated for a fall launch and then pushed to February 1, will have to wait another week. The series starring Kiefer Sutherland will kick off its sophomore season with a two-hour premiere on Friday, February 8. Starting the following week, the drama will settle into its regular Friday 9 PM slot, likely following Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, which currently airs in the time period.

Meanwhile, Fox is still not confirming that Mob Doctor has been cancelled, though the struggling freshman is not getting a back order beyond the original 13 episodes, making cancellation a foregone conclusion. All of them will air — Fox has set the airing pattern for the remaining four episodes of Mob Doctor‘s 13-episode order, which includes a mix of broadcasts in its regular Monday time slot and outings on the dead-as-a-doornail Saturday night: Saturday, December 29; New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31; Saturday, January 5; and Monday, January 7.

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