New Year’s Rockin’ Eve debuted in 1974 with Dick Clark reporting live from Times Square. He hosted the show for decades and many faithful fans have continued to watch after he handed the reigns to Ryan Seacrest in 2006.
People packed into Times Square every year to take part in the festivities. The music and dancing always ended with a countdown as the ball dropped signaling the new year. Dick Clark was a fixture in American homes since American Bandstand and once he made the transition to the end of the year show, his fanbase came with him.
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve held top ratings for most of the years Clark hosted the event. Even if people weren’t fans of the entertainment, many would tune in to see the ball drop at midnight. And since Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006, the show still maintains high ratings. He has brought his upbeat personality to the show and seems to have the same charm Clark had which held audience attention for decades.
The show has been an annual tradition for 43 years and is a great source of wholesome, family entertainment. It starts at 8 pm so older children can enjoy some of the performances before heading to bed for the night. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2017 will have a live Central Time Zone countdown for the first time ever.
So after decades on the air, Dick Clark’s legacy lives on as strong as ever. His annual countdown show has something for fans of all ages. It is jam-packed with musical guests and Ryan Seacrest has settled into his role as host quite nicely in the 10 years he’s been hosting it.
New Year’s Rockin’ Eve continues to have a strong fanbase years after Dick Clark’s passing. This annual tradition is a favorite among those that cannot go out to celebrate or simply do not want to go out.