While CNN’s Anderson Cooper fastens his seat belt and hopes for the best as he co-hosts the network’s New Year’s Eve countdown again with loose cannon Kathy Griffin, Fox News Channel is opting for less white-knuckle coverage of this year’s 2015 ring-in. All-American New Year will be hosted by an ensemble of FNC on-air personalities including Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, Anna Kooiman — though the team also includes Jesse Watters, who has been known to clash with Beckel. Additionally, FNC’s senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will be reporting on the safety and security of New Year’s Eve revelry, and FNC contributors Bernard McGurik and Joanne Nosuchinsky will be live from Times Square covering the spectators. Coverage starts at 9 PM ET.
During FNC’s program, viewers will be encouraged to share their New Year’s resolutions on social media by using the hashtag #foxnews2015. The Fox News Facebook page will also offer viewers the opportunity to vote on their favorite music video of 2014, with the winning selection announced during the special.
Last year, FNC’s New Year’s Eve coverage featured an interview with Duck Dynasty royalty Willie and Kori Robertson. The suspension of Robertson family patriarch Phil from A&E’s Duck Dynasty, following homophobic comments he’d made in a GQ interview had been one of December’s biggest TV-news stories. That FNC interview with Phil’s family members did not contain much actual news – okay, it contained no news, unless you counted Willie revealing he’d hired himself a good looking assistant for the next batch of episodes, and hoped not to blow out his knee while skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colo. – but it did deliver ratings. In the final hour of 2013, FNC clocked 2 million viewers – 33% more than it logged same hour last year. FNC notes that’s the hour in which Willie and Kori chatted, via satellite, with Bill Hemmer and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Over at CNN, meanwhile, an average of 1.726 million viewers were tuned in to Cooper and Griffin. On the bright side for CNN, 742,000 of that crowd fell into the news demo, while only 401,000 of FNC’s 2 mil did same. And, CNN won the 11 PM -12:30 AM derby, with 2.095 million viewers, to FNC’s 2.028 million — though FNC’s was a best yet for that network. CNN’s demo take more than doubled FNC’s.