New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will begin at 8 PM ET on Monday, December 31. And yes, Don Lemon’s boozy Central Time Zone countdown from New Orleans continues on CNN, with Brooke Baldwin.
Cooper called ringing in the New Year with Cohen “a total joy” while the host of Bravo’s Watch What Happen’s Live promised not to complain about the bitter cold this time.
The franchise is in its 11th year, though it was Cohen’s first at bat. New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen was CNN’s highest rated New Year’s Eve Special on record. Increased viewing may have included some rubberneckers, what with CNN having jettisoned Kathy Griffin from her longstanding co-host gig, in the wake of her photo shoot holding a faux Donald Trump head.
CNN’s first NYE pairing of Cooper and Cohen topped its last Cooper/Griffin programming from the previous year by 8% in total viewers (3.28M vs. 3.04M), according to Nielsen, by 1% among adults 25-54 (1.3M vs. 1.28M), and by 5% among adults 18-34 (471k vs. 449k).
That, in turn, helped boost CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live with Brooke Baldwin & Don Lemon, which drew nearly a million more viewers than Fox News (2.34 million vs. 1.36 million). MSNBC was third in the time slot with 251,000.
This year, viewers will get to review the show in real time using #CNNNYE with contributions featured on the bottom ticker throughout the evening.
CNN will live stream New Years Eve coverage, without requiring log–in to a cable provider, on December 31 from 8 PM until 1:05 AM ET.