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Seacrest wins New Year's Eve battle; NFL, college football dominates ratings

FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 file photo, Ryan Seacrest, producer and host of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on ABC, poses for a portrait, in New York. ABC devoted its entire prime-time schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, to Seacrest's "New Year's Rockin' Eve." During the 10 p.m. hour as the ball dropping came near, Seacrest's show had more than twice as many viewers as Carson Daly's competing show on NBC. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
January 07, 2014 - 2:19 PM

NEW YORK, N.Y. - 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 had more than twice as many viewers as Carson Daly's competing show on NBC. The Nielsen company says Seacrest's show averaged 12.2 million viewers. By contrast, Carson Daly's show at the same hour had 5.7 million viewers.

Nielsen did not immediately have figures for the midnight hour, which would have required the networks to pay extra.

On the cable side, Fox News Channel beat CNN, with the help of the "Duck Dynasty" cast.

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