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ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" Draws Biggest Ratings Since 2000

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- The absence of the late Dick Clark didn't hurt the ratings for ABC's annual New Year's Eve special.

The 2012/2013 edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest on Monday night drew an audience of 13.3 million viewers, according to  That's the highest total for the special since 2000.

It was the first New Year's Rockin' Eve special without Clark since his death last April.  It featured performances by Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen and PSY in New York's Times Square, plus Justin Bieber and others on the West Coast.

A two-hour tribute to Clark that aired prior to New Year's Rockin' Eve was seen by 9.4 million people.

On NBC, New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly attracted 3.8 million viewers for its primetime segment.

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Ryan Seacrest Ready to Count Down to 2013 on "New Year's Rockin' Eve"

Michael Buckner/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On Monday night, as the world looks to New York City's Times Square, the ball drops and we say goodbye to 2012, something will be missing: Dick Clark.  The TV icon died this past April, but his creation, ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, goes on with host Ryan Seacrest. 

Seacrest says it will definitely be a challenge for him to host the show for the first time without Clark, especially since he's never actually counted down to the New Year alone.

"I haven't really thought about what it's going to be like in that moment because I've never done it myself," he tells ABC News Radio.  "I've never done the actual countdown...It's always, you know...toss it to 'The Man' to do it." 

Seacrest says counting down to the ball drop himself for the first time will be "surreal" and "emotional," adding, "Even though we'll be celebrating, in my mind, I know that, personally, I miss my friend being here."

But that doesn't mean that this year's New Year's Rockin' Evewill be a downer.  Seacrest says, "We'll start the evening, looking back at those great moments because there were so many memorable moments looking at Dick's career." 

The festivities get under way at 8 p.m. ET with New Year's Rockin' Eve Celebrates Dick Clark, a two-hour tribute to the late TV icon who created the show over 40 years ago.  Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host.

Seacrest says of Clark, "He started this 40 years ago with just one camera and one light and one microphone, and now it's turned into a big celebration, and so we'll look back, we'll reflect, and then we'll celebrate the new year."

And what a celebration it will be.  At 10 p.m. ET, Seacrest and Jenny McCarthy will kick off the official start of the New Year's party from New York, while Fergie will get things going on the West Coast.  The party will keep on going on ABC 'til just after 2 a.m. ET. 

Performing live in Times Square this year are Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, Neon Trees and "Gangnam Style" rapper PSY.  On the West Coast, there'll be performances by Justin Bieber, Brandy, OneRepublic, Flo Rida, Karmin, Pitbull, The Wanted, Ellie Goulding and country star Jason Aldean.

As for what Clark would think of this year's show, Seacrest tells ABC News Radio, "I know he will be watching us from somewhere, making sure that we get it right.  You can be certain about that."

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Ryan Seacrest Talks ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Details

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the 40 years of countdowns and party favors, much has changed in how we celebrate New Year’s Eve.

In the beginning, the iconic ball that dropped in Times Square boasted 100 25-watt bulbs, a street light compared to today's ball: 22,000 LED lights embedded in Waterford Crystal.

When Dick Clark launched his first New Years Rockin’ Eve in 1972, the band Blood Sweat and Tears was the headliner. The show was created to be a hipper answer to CBS’s annual broadcast of Guy Lombardo’s live orchestra performing from the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City.

Clark’s show soon became an established tradition, and on Saturday night, it will be another snapshot of popular sound and fashion as 2011 turns over to 2012. Rockin’ Eve co-host Ryan Seacrest granted Nightline a sneak preview of what’s to come, and said that Clark would make an appearance again this year.

“I looked forward to seeing him every year and I was always impressed with how he could make you feel so comfortable,” Seacrest told Nightline anchor Bill Weir. “You’d watch at home and you’d feel like you were part of the party and he was just talking to you. That’s one of his amazing talents.”

Seacrest was brought onto the program after Clark, 82, suffered a stroke seven years ago that impaired his speech and changed his beloved broadcast.

Seacrest said this year’s show includes rapper PitBull, Justin Bieber, guitar master Carlos Santana and the final mega act -- Lady Gaga. Seacrest claimed they didn’t know much about what the Pop princess, known for her outrageous costumes and bizarre entrances, will do.

As for who Seacrest will kiss when the clock strikes midnight, he said his girlfriend, 22-year-old professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough.

“I won’t get to kiss her until about 12:04 or :05 because I do it during commercial break,” he said.

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