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New Year's Rockin' Eve

New Year's Rockin' Eve

Photo Credit:  ABC/Heidi Gutman
  • Premiered: 
    December 31, 1972
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Holiday
  • Tags: New Year's Eve/Day

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Plot Synopsis

NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE is an annual special, broadcast on New Year's Eve, ringing in the new year with popular musical acts. This special first aired on Sunday, December 31, 1972 on NBC at 11:30pm with much of the show taped on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, with performances by: headliner Three Dog Night; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Mary Travers; Al Green; and Billy Preston. The following year, still originating (via tape) from the Queen Mary in Long Beach with some live footage of the celebration in New York's Times Square, performances included: George Carlin; Billy Preston; Linda Ronstadt; the Tower of Power; and the Pointer Sisters. In its third year, ROCKIN' EVE switched to ABC, where it has aired ever since.
Ryan Seacrest hosts DICK CLARK'S NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2019 with Times Square Correspondent Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg, Ciara hosting in Hollywood, and Lucy Hale as the host of the New Orleans-based portions. The festivities kick off in primetime from 8-11pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on ABC, featuring live performances from New York's Times Square, as well as multiple performances from the celebrations in Los Angeles and New Orleans. The party continues from 11:30pm - 1:09am ET (live)/PT (tape) with the final countdown in Times Square. Finally, the night wraps up from 1:09 - 2:15am ET (live)/PT (tape) with additional performances from Los Angeles. Ryan Seacrest leads the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City as he has for the last 13 years. Jenny McCarthy is live from Times Square where Christina Aguilera, Bastille, Dan + Shay, and New Kids on the Block perform for over one million fans. Ciara hosts the party in Hollywood with performances by Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Bazzi, Kane Brown, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Ciara, Foster the People, Halsey, Dua Lipa, Ella Mai, Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Weezer, as well as collaborations from Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, Macklemore with Skylar Grey presented by Planet Fitness, and The Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini. Lucy Hale hosts the third annual Central Time Zone countdown live from New Orleans, providing viewers with exclusive performances and celebrity and fan interviews leading up to the midnight countdown and stunning fleur-de-lis drop near Jackson Square at the dawn of the New Year. Plus, airing just after midnight, Post Malone will perform from a stop on his current tour in Brooklyn, New York, marking the first television performance of the New Year.


Other Titles

  • Also known as Dick Clark's Primetime Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by dick clark productions