NEW YORK (AP) The cold weather proved a boon for television celebrations of the New Year.
More than 25 million people tuned in to see Ryan Seacrest ring in 2018 from a frigid Times Square. The Nielsen company said that was the biggest audience for ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve since at least 1991. CNN and Fox also set standards for their coverage that night.
The cold likely cut both ways: with most of the country in a deep freeze, fewer people than usual ventured out to celebrate and those who stayed in wanted to see how outdoor partiers were dealing with the weather. The temperature in Times Square dipped into the low teens as the ball dropped.