New Year’s Eve TV specials to watch while ringing in 2024 from home

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There are innumerable ways to celebrate the coming new year. One time-tested tradition is sitting comfortably at home and watching the ball drop in Times Square.

Both ABC and CNN will return to Times Square this year with broadcasts full of performances leading up to the big ball drop, including this year’s edition of Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, CBS will head to Music City for a broadcast loaded with country stars and live music leading up to a midwestern midnight countdown.

These are the biggest televised festivities you’ll find in the last moments of 2023, as NBC has opted not to air a New Year’s Eve special this year. It will instead broadcast Sunday Night Football between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

Still, there are plenty of options for revelers looking to take in their New Year’s Eve festivities on TV. Here are all the TV specials you’ll find on December 31.

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Ryan Seacrest, Megan Thee Stallion, and Andy Cohen with Anderson Cooper. GETTY

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2024

How to watch: 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Who is hosting:
 Ryan Seacrest is joined by cohost Rita Ora in Times Square. The broadcast will also jump to Los Angeles with cohost Jeannie Mai and to Puerto Rico with cohost Dayanara Torres.
Who is performing:
 Seacrest and Ora are joined by Megan Thee Stallion, Jelly Roll, Sabrina Carpenter, and Tyla in New York. Live performances from Los Angeles will include Aqua, Bebe Rexha, Coco Jones, Doechii, Ellie GouldingGreen DayJanelle Monae, Loud Luxury, Ludacris, Nile Rodgers and Chic, Paul Russell, Renee Rapp, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and Two Friends. Post Malone will perform live from Las Vegas, Ivy Queen will perform in Puerto Rico, and Newjeans will perform live from South Korea.
Who should watch: 
This is the broadcast for viewers who love keeping long-running traditions alive or those looking to see some of the biggest names in pop and hip-hop.

New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

How to watch: 8 p.m. ET on CNN. The special can also be streamed on CNN Max and CNN.com for TV subscribers.
Who is hosting:
 As has been the case in years past, the show will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen. Sara Sidner and Cari Champion will take the reins at 12:30 a.m. ET to ring in the new year in the central time zone. Additionally, Richard Quest will report from the ground in Times Square; Stephanie Elam will be in the Bahamas; Randi Kaye will be in Key West, Florida; Gary Tuchman will be in Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Boris Sanchez will be in Miami, Florida.
Who is performing:
 The broadcast will feature musical performances from Enrique IglesiasMaroon 5, the Jonas BrothersFlo RidaMiranda LambertDarius Rucker, and Rod Stewart. There will also be appearances from Patti LaBelleJeremy RennerNeil Patrick HarrisDavid Blaine, and Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers.
Who should watch: 
This one is for fans of the playful dynamic between Anderson and Andy, as well as a potentially older crowd of music lovers, as the live performances focus less on younger artists. However, if you’re tuning in hoping to see the hosts throwing back shots, you might be disappointed again this year. (Boo. Booooo.)

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash

How to watch: 7:30 p.m. ET on CBS. The show will briefly end at 10 p.m. before starting up again at 10:30. The show will also be live and on-demand for Paramount+ with Showtime subscribers.
Who is hosting: 
The show will be hosted by Cody Alan along with CBS anchor Lonnie Quinn, the latter of whom will be in Times Square with Dustin Lynch.
Who is performing:
 The show will center on live performances in Nashville. The concerts will include music from Trace Adkins, Grace Bowers, Kane Brown, Jackson Dean, Hardy, Cody Johnson, Elle KingLynyrd Skynyrd, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Old Dominion, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Thomas RhettBlake Shelton, Trombone Shorty, Morgan Wallen, Lainey Wilson, and Bailey Zimmerman.
Other info:
 The show is primarily live from Nashville, ringing in the new year with the ball drop in Times Square and continuing live through midnight in the central time zone.
Who should watch: 
Country music lovers and midwesterners looking for a broadcast that will keep the party going until the new year arrives in the center of the country.

Cynthia Erivo & Friends: A New Year’s Eve Celebration

How to watch: 8 p.m. ET on PBS. It’ll also be streaming at PBS.org and through the PBS app.
Who is hosting: Cynthia Erivo, who starred in the stage production of The Color Purple and Harriet, will be at the center of this hour-long special.
Who is performing: Erivo will be joined by Ben Platt and Joaquina Kalukango for a Broadway-inspired performance directed by Emmy-winning music director and producer Rickey Minor.
Who should watch: Broadway fans and anyone looking for something a little festive to throw on while getting ready to head out for the evening.

A New Year With Tyrus

How to watch: 11 p.m. ET on Fox News.
Who is hosting: Pro wrestler and Gutfeld! cohost Tyrus will host with guests Michele Tafoya, Sean Duffy, Tyler Fischer, Ric Flair, and Zach Greig. There won’t be any performances included in the hour-long broadcast.
Other info: In the hour before A New Year With Tyrus begins, Fox News will air Who Can Forget 2023, a pre-taped look back at the year that, according to its description, will include remembrances of some things we might prefer to forget, like ChatGPT’s rise and “the fight for Speaker of the House.” [Blows on party horn]
Who should watch: This one is for viewers who are not interested in the musical or ball-drop aspects of other broadcasts. It’s also for viewers who don’t mind hearing the phrase “Trump 2024” during their New Year’s Eve celebration.

Virtual Events

Phish

How to watch: 7:30 p.m. ET at LivePhish
Performers: Phish. Lots of Phish. The pay-per-view event will stream Phish playing live from Madison Square Garden. It’s the finale of the band’s four-night stand at the MSG.
Who should watch: 
Jam band fans and anyone looking for some live background music instead of the usual fare.

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