Ready to ring in the new year? Thursday night will be a big TV night as everyone tunes in to watch the ball drop and welcome 2016. No matter if you’re at home with your family or out at a party, there are plenty of options to watch the New Year’s Eve celebrations on television.
Where To Watch The Ball Drop
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” (ABC)
Ryan Seacrest, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy return to ABC for “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest.” The party begins at 8 p.m. EST and runs until 1:09 a.m. EST on Friday, Jan. 1. Based out of New York City and Los Angeles, performers for the event include Demi Lovato, Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Nick Jonas, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Ellie Goulding, Charlie Puth & Wiz Khalifa and more. Taylor Swift will also debut the music video for her song “Out of the Woods” during the live broadcast.
“New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” (NBC)
Late night host Carson Daly will be hosting his own New Year’s Eve festivities on NBC. Based out of Times Square in New York City, the event will also include appearances by Andy Cohen, Whitney Cummings and Rob Riggle. Fans of “The Voice” will be sure to want to tune in to watch Gwen Stefani perform. No word if Blake Shelton will be joining her. “New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly” runs from 11:30 p.m. EST to 12:30 a.m. EST. Those that want to tune into NBC earlier can catch Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb breaking down the top stories of 2015 at 8 p.m. EST, and Andy Cohen hosting “NBC’s New Year’s Eve Game Night” at 10 p.m. EST.
“Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, Part 2” (Fox)
Fox is switching things up by bringing their New Year’s Eve coverage to the Bayfront Park in Miami. Pitbull will be hosting the party, which will include performances by “Empire” star Jessie Smollett, along with Shawn Mendes, Austin Mahone, Pia Mia, Prince Royce and R. City. “Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, Part 2” airs from 8 p.m. EST to 12:30 a.m. EST.
“New Year’s Eve Live With Anderson Cooper And Kathy Griffin” (CNN)
CNN is starting their New Year’s Eve coverage at 8 p.m. EST. Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin continue their hosting duties in Times Square. However, fans can check in around the United States thanks to other CNN reporters.
New Year’s Eve Options For Kids
Disney Channel has a couple of New Year’s Eve-themed episodes lined up for late night. At 11 p.m. EST, Riley has to tell everyone how she really feels about Lucas by midnight on New Year’s Eve in this episode of “Girl Meets World.” At 11:30 p.m. EST, Maddie questions her relationship with Diggie while Liv co-hosts a New Year’s Eve party on “Liv & Maddie.”
At 8 p.m. EST Nickelodeon will be airing their “TeenNick Top 10” New Year’s Eve special. The hour-long event features Silento, Dawin, Conrad Sewell and Amanda Dilks.
You don’t need to keep your kids up until midnight to celebrate the new year. Netflix has a couple of countdown special options for children. Options include “Care Bears & Cousins,” “All Hail King Julien” and more.