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ABC Dominates New Year’s Eve – Primetime "New Year’s Rockin’ Eve" Draws Its 3rd-Largest Ever Audience

ABC Dominates New Year’s Eve – Primetime “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Draws Its 3rd-Largest Ever Audience

ABC New Year’s Eve Primetime (8-11pm – 9.1 million and 2.6/9 in AD18-49): With its New Year’s Eve line-up, ABC finished a dominant #1 on the evening, leading its nearest competition by 44% in Total Viewers (9.1 million vs. 6.3 million – CBS) and by 53% in Adults 18-49 (2.6/9 vs. 1.7/6).

Dick Clark’s News Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 (10-11pm – 12.1 million and 3.7/13 in AD18-49): Spiking over its lead-in at 10pm, ABC’s broadcast of Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014 overshadowed the final hour of the night and ranked as the #1 TV program in prime with Total Viewers and across each of the key Adult demos (AD18-34/AD18-49/AD25-54). In fact during the final hour of prime, Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve topped CBS and NBC combined by 17% in Total Viewers (12.1 million vs. 10.3 million) and by 61% in Adults 18-49 (3.7/13 vs. 2.3/8).

· Head-to-head from 10-11pm, ABC’s Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest towered over NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly Prime (5.8 million and 1.8/6) by 6.3 million viewers and by 106% in Adults 18-49.

· The program posted ABC’s highest entertainment Adult 18-49 rating in the time period in more than 2 years – since 11/22/11.

· Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve attracted its 3rd-largest-ever audience, behind only the previous two record-setting years – the special premiered on the Net in 2000. The annual show was up by 5.1 million viewers and by 37% in Adults 18-49 from the last time New Year’s fell on a Tuesday in 2002 (7.0 million and 2.7/10 on 12/31/02).

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Stars Turn Out To Honor Dick Clark

Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Fergie, and Paul Stanley were among the stars who turned out to honor TV legend Dick Clark at memorial service at his home.

The beloved entertainer passed away last month at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack, and a host of famous faces turned out to remember Clark at a private tribute in the grounds of his Malibu mansion last Thursday.

More than three hundred friends and colleagues attended the service, including KISS bandmates Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Reba McEntire, Fergie and her husband Josh Duhamel, Marie Osmond, Paul Anka and Debbie Gibson.

Talk show legend Larry King gave a eulogy at the service, while Wonder and Anka sang for the crowd.

Osmond, who also spoke at the memorial, shared her experience with fans by posting a picture of herself posing with Lionel Richie and singer Chubby Checker on Facebook.com, writing, “So grateful to be able to celebrate Dick Clark’s life and say a few words at his memorial service this afternoon. Especially amazing to reconnect with other Dick Clark protégées like Chubby and Lionel. He did great work on this earth!”

Simmons also wrote about the event online and posted a picture of himself and Stanley posing in their KISS costumes with Clark.

He writes, “The family of Dick Clark invited us to attend the Dick Clark Memorial. He was a good man. Always offered a kind word. The event was kept a secret, and no cameras were allowed… The powerful and attractive Paul Stanley and his beautiful wife Erin were also there. Larry King got up to say a few words, as did Marie Osmond… and we saw Frankie Valli of the Four Seasons wishing everyone well.

“We walked over to a wall where artists had signed photos of themselves posing with Dick Clark. There were about 30 photos. You would recognize every single one of them. Spanning decades. And there, up towards the top, was a photo of Dick with Paul and myself. We were blessed to have known him. I have learned humility from a man who never wavered from offering a kind word.”

Dick Clark To Be Cremated

Dick Clark‘s family has chosen to cremate the beloved TV mogul’s remains and scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean in lieu of a traditional funeral service.

The veteran broadcaster, 82, passed away on Wednesday after suffering a massive heart attack.

A slew of celebrities, including close friends Kenny Rogers and Betty White, have been paying tribute to the late star, but they will not get the opportunity to bid farewell to Clark at a memorial ceremony – his grieving relatives have chosen to pay their own respects to the late star in their own private, low-key way, according to ETonline.com.

Sad News: Dick Clark Dies

Dick Clark has died at the age of 82. He passed away in Los Angeles after suffering a massive heart attack.

The industry legend was born in Mount Vernon, New York and he went on to pursue his passion for showbusiness as a student at Syracuse University, working as a local DJ.

Upon graduating in 1951, he took a job at his father’s radio station in upstate New York.

His career really took off when he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to host his own musical show, Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music, and in 1956 he launched popular TV show American Bandstand, which featured famous faces like Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.

He went on to launch Dick Clark Productions in 1963, and became famous for producing television awards shows and specials like Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which quickly became a longstanding tradition as a celebration of ushering in the new year.

Clark’s health deteriorated in recent years and he suffered a stroke in 2004.

Despite his poor health, frail body and speech problems, Clark returned to the annual New Year’s Eve countdown show to wish a happy New Year and share a kiss with his wife.

Lady Gaga to Perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2012 on ABC

Lady Gaga knows what she’s doing this New Year’s Eve.  ABC announced Thursday that she’ll be performing live in New York’s Times Square during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.   Last New Year’s Eve, Lady Gaga marked the occasion by announcing the title of her album Born This Way and its release date, so it’ll be an anniversary of sorts for the record, which has gone on to produce a string of hits and sell over five million copies worldwide.
This year’s installment of the show will mark its 40th anniversary, and the festivities will begin at 8 p.m. ET on December 31 with a two-hour special called New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party.  It’ll look back at four decades of the show’s greatest moments, and most memorable performances.  Then, Rockin’ Eve will begin at 10 p.m. with Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark, and a slew of yet-to-be-named music stars from New York City, while Fergie will return to host the L.A.-based portion of the event.
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