New Years Eve 2023: What to Watch and How

New Year’s Eve 2023 on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN. Who is performing and how to watch

For those of you who will be by a television tonight on New Years Eve as 2023 is ushered in, there are a bunch of choices to watch on television. Each show offers hosts, coverage in separate time zones and musical guests. Some bring the hijinks, some not so much! It’s all about how YOU would like to be entertained on New Years Eve. Lets get started!

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2023

New Year's Rockin' Eve Ryan Seacrest
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New Years shows tend to have impossibly long names! The long-running ABC special contains two names in the title. Dick Clark started it all in the early 70s to be an alternative to the stodgy Guy Lombardo special on CBS. And it’s been helping to bring folks into the new year ever since!

Out of all the shows, New Year’s Rockin’ eve grabs the highest ratings. Even after Dick Clark’s stroke in the early aughts, and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest stepped in to help and eventually take over, the show has remained a favorite.

Every year, ABC tries to bring something new to the table. For instance, for the first time, Disneyland in Anaheim will host several performances.

Ryan Seacrest and Liza Koshy will oversee the ball drop in Times Square, New York City. Jesse James Decker will oversee the big Powerball draw. LIVE performances include

Times Square

  • Roll Hall of Fame inductees Duran Duran who will perform a medley of classics from their back-catalog. They are set to take the stage just before midight.
  • R&B and pop group New Edition will perform a medley of hits including “Rub You the Right Way,” “My Prerogative,” “Poison,” “If It Isn’t Love” and “Cool It Now.”
  • BTS member j-hope will perform a medley of “= (Equal Sign),” “Chicken Noodle Soup” and fan-favorite song “Butter (Holiday Remix).”
  • And last but not least, Viral star and American Idol alum Jax will sing pop hits “Victoria’s Secret” and “90s Kids.”


Ciara hosts a pre-taped party at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.Performers include Ciara, Fitz & The Tantrums, Maddie & Tae, Shaggy, Ben Platt, Aly & AJ, Halle Bailey, Tomorrow x Together, Bailey Zimmerman and American Idol alum Lauren Spencer Smith.

Los Angeles

DJ D-Nice will return as this year’s L.A. co-host. Performances at the L.A. Party include Wiz Khalifa, Finneas, Armani White, Betty Who, Dove Cameron and Nicky Youre.

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico will return to host the Spanish language countdown with actress and producer Roselyn Sanchez serving as co-host. Multiplatinum-selling Puerto Rican singer and rapper Farruko will also be in attendance to perform.

New Orleans

Returning for his fourth year, Billy Porter will be back in New Orleans for the Central Standard Time countdown. Porter will also be performing during the broadcast event from NOLA.

How to watch

ABC will broadcast 5½ hours of performances airing until 2:00 a.m. EST and gives viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. The broadcast begins at 8 pm ET/PT.

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

Jimmie Allen
Jimmie Allen Photo: Chris Beyrooty/CBS

American Idol and Dancing with the Stars alum Jimmie Allen will host the Nashville based bash. Last year he performed while Bobby Bones hosted. He got a promotion! Elle King and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith will join him.

Who is performing?

The five hour broadcast will feature a SLEW of country music performances from: Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band are Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, King Calaway, Sheryl Crow, Flo-Rida, Riley Green, Elle King, Ashley McBryde, Steve Miller, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, and The War and Treaty.

Nashville will count down with the East Coast at midnight and keep the party going through midnight Central Time with the city’s renowned Music Note Drop.

How to watch

The special will air LIVE from Music City, Saturday, Dec. 31 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT; 10:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party

Pictured: (l-r) Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton — (Photo by: Vijat Mohindra/NBC)

Last year, Lorne Michaels grabbed the reins of the New Years Eve party from The Voice producers. Whoops! Instead of Carson Daly hosting featuring a bunch of The Voice adjacent superstars, the show features Miley Cyrus. Actually she coached on The Voice for a few seasons! But that’s not why Lorne hired her. She always brings the hijinks and un predictablity to her hosting gigs.

This year, she’s partnering with her Godmother, Dolly Parton. The two will host the show live from Miami, Florida.

Who is performing?

Musical guests include singer-songwriter FLETCHER, breakout rapper Latto, Los Angeles rock band Liily, viral hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd and chart-topping Sia.

Saturday Night Live’s Chloe Fineman, Sarah Sherman and comedy trio Please Don’t Destroy will also appear.

How to watch

The special airs from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET and will also be livestreamed on Peacock.

CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live

CNN’s show, hosted by Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, has been earning a ton of headlines this week after Ryan Seacrest commented on Cohen’s drunken antics last year. CNN’s new boss declared no drinking during the broadcast, although Cooper and Cohen were allowed, but had to keep it non-crazy.

For awhile Andy shouted that nobody was going to keep him from celebrating on New Years Eve. But after this week’s round of headlines, the Bravo personality stated that he and Anderson would find other ways to celebrate that did not include knocking back alcohol.

Will fans want to watch a booze free CNN special? We’ll see!

Who is performing?

Performers include Usher from his Las Vegas Residency at Dolby Live at Park MGM, Kevin Hart joins live from Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas for an interview and special toast, Ellie Goulding performs new music from her upcoming album Higher Than Heaven. Additional performers include: Patti LaBelleREO Speedwagon, The Masked Singer host and daddy of 12, Nick CannonJenifer Lewis, John StamosTenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass. Actress Jean Smart, comedienne Cheri Oteri will be in-person with Anderson and Andy and global popstar Ava Max will perform live in Times Square.

How to watch

The show begins at 8pm ET. At 12:30am ET, the hosts will hand over to CNN’s Don Lemon, who will be live in New Orleans as the Central Time Zone rings in the New Year. (He also was pretty drunk last year!)

Gotta pay to watch! The special will stream live for pay TV subscribers via and CNN OTT and mobile apps, or CNNgo where available. The special will also be available On Demand the day after the broadcast premiere to pay TV subscribers via, CNN apps and Cable Operator Platforms.

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