Mariah Carey lifts New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ratings; Steve Harvey helps Fox

Mariah CareyThe New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ratings scored a big win this weekend courtesy of Mariah Carey, though we figure that nobody should be altogether surprised about this at all. The pop singer’s return to the stage after some significant controversy the last time she was on this stage was all anyone could take about going into the show. Beyond her search for a hot tea, there wasn’t really all that much of note … not that anyone at ABC cares after seeing the ratings.

The irony here is that the ratings that CarterMatt has to report on at the moment are for before Carey even took the stage. We do still think that they’re related though, and the presence of such big-name stars in 2017 like BTS and Camila Cabello certainly did not hurt anything. New Year’s Rockin’ Eve ended up posted a 5.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic during the 10:00 p.m. Eastern hour, its final hour before going into the local news and then returning with Carey and the final ball drop.

As for whether or not Mariah will become the Queen of New Year’s Eve and return for a third straight year, why wouldn’t she consider it? Personally, we feel like the producers are going to look instead for a fresh face who can turn up and bring new viewers — it’s going to be hard for the show to top what they had with Mariah this time around.

Granted, they do have a lot of time still to figure this out — think in terms of 364 days.

A surprise courtesy of Steve Harvey

Who anticipated the first two hours of his New Year’s Eve special to draw a 1.8 rating? This is far better than what the numbers were for when Pitbull hosted the show, and this special was oddly endearing in between the live wedding and whatever it was that Harvey decided to wear for the majority of the night.

We’ve got a pretty good feeling that Fox will keep calling Harvey back to host, just like he keeps getting called for the Miss Universe Pageant even after the disastrous mix-up with the names from a couple of years ago.

What did you watch on New Year’s Eve last night? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the comments!

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