Fox New Year's Eve specials

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The Fox television network has aired New Year's Eve specials with various formats and branding. From December 1991 to 1992, and from December 2004 to 2013, these specials were presented under the blanket title New Year's Eve Live, with various hosts and formats. These specials featured coverage of the Times Square ball drop in New York City. From December 2014 to December 2016, Fox broadcast a special originating from Miami instead, Pitbull's New Year's Revolution, which featured concerts headlined by rapper Pitbull from Bayfront Park. In December 2017, Fox returned to a Times Square-based special, this time hosted by Steve Harvey, under the title Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey.

New Year's Eve Live[edit]

From December 1991 to 1992, and from December 2004 to 2013, Fox had aired New Year's Eve specials under the blanket title New Year's Eve Live, with rotating hosts and formats, and coverage of the Times Square ball drop. Fox New Year's Eve Live was first broadcast on December 31, 1991; it was hosted by Penn and Teller and featured performances by Guns N' Roses, Sam Kinison, and Southside Johnny.[1] A second edition was broadcast in 1992, featuring coverage from New York, Chicago, and Orlando's Walt Disney World, and appearances by Martin Lawrence, Elton John, Bobcat Goldthwait from the Mayfair Theatre, and an escape act by Penn and Teller.[2]

For 2000, Fox broadcast special coverage from Times Square hosted by Fox News Channel anchors Brit Hume and Paula Zahn.[3]

In 2005, New Year's Eve Live was revived with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest as host. The 2006 edition was hosted by Regis Philbin, who had guest-hosted ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve the previous year due to Dick Clark's stroke (Seacrest would join New Year's Rockin' Eve as a co-host alongside Dick Clark that year).[4] Various personalities, most of them affiliated with Fox programming, would host New Year's Eve Live from 2007 through 2011.

The 2012 edition featured a country music theme co-branded with Fox's American Country Awards (American Country New Year's Eve Live),[5][6] and the 2013-14 edition was hosted by Mario Lopez.[7]

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution[edit]

Pitbull's New Year's Revolution
Created by Pitbull
Presented by Snoop Dogg
Queen Latifah
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3
Production
Executive producer(s) Pitbull
Producer(s) John Hamlin
Production location(s) Bayfront Park, Miami
Production company(s)
Release
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original release December 31, 2014 – December 31, 2016

From 2014–15 through 2016–17, Fox broadcast Pitbull's New Year's Revolution, which was created and produced by hip-hop artist Pitbull. It was broadcast from Bayfront Park in Miami, and featured live performances by popular musicians, as well as Pitbull himself.

Pitbull in 2012

The new special was announced in May 2014, and would be co-produced by Endemol North America and Pitbull's production company Honey I'm Home; the studio had signed an exclusive development deal with Pitbull in January 2014. New Year's Revolution marked the first production of a new Endemol division, Endemol Live; Endemol North America co-CEO Charlie Corwin explained that the new division "reflects a larger plan to continue to evolve Endemol North America into a studio for next-generation success and profitability". Fellow CEO Cris Abrego felt that New Year's Revolution would be "unlike anything else you have ever seen on television" and would mark "the start of a new tradition".[8][9]

In October 2014, it was revealed that Pitbull had been negotiating for the use of Bayfront Park as part of the special's associated festivities. Mayor of Miami Tomás Pedro Regalado supported the proposed events due to the amount of publicity it would bring the city, arguing that it would be "extraordinary" to "have three hours on live television, on [Fox], competing with Times Square. The only difference is they have a ball and we have an orange."[10] Portions of the special were taped at the Thompson Hotel on Miami Beach, including performances by The Band Perry, Becky G, Enrique Iglesias, Fall Out Boy, and Fifth Harmony.[11][12] The inaugural broadcast culminated with a free,[11] live concert by Pitbull at Bayfront Park leading into the new year.[13][14]

In October 2015, Fox confirmed that Pitbull's New Year's Revolution would return for 2015–16. The public festivities for the 2016 edition were expanded to include a two-day food festival, the Norwegian Worldwide Food & Wine Party, whose ticketed attendees were given priority seating for the concert at the Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park.[15][16] Terry Crews and Wendy Williams co-hosted the special,[17] which featured appearances by Austin Mahone, Camila Cabello, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jussie Smollett, Sean Combs, Shawn Mendes, Prince Royce, R. City, Pia Mia, and Timbaland with Yazz of Fox series Empire.[18] John Hamlin, the former senior vice president of music events and talent at CMT, was also brought on to serve as a producer for the special under his Switched On Entertainment banner. Hamlin promised that unlike the 2015 edition, the 2016 edition would be entirely live with no pre-recorded content.[19][20]

The 2016–17 edition was co-hosted by Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg, and featured Biz Markie, Coolio, Naughty by Nature, Rob Base, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, and Young MC. Unlike previous editions, the 2017 edition did not include a primetime segment (Fox scheduled drama encores in the timeslot instead).[21][22][23]

Fox did not renew the program for 2017–18. However, Pitbull still organized a free New Year's concert at Bayfront Park (alongside Miami's raising of the "Big Orange" on the InterContinental Miami hotel at midnight), as well as the WorldwideNYE VIP Food & Wine Party.[24][25] Pitbull also participated as part of Univision's Spanish-language New Year's Eve special ¡Feliz 2018!.[26]

Broadcast[edit]

In 2015 and 2016, similarly to other New Year's specials across the major networks, the special was divided into two segments, with the first two-hour segment airing during Fox's primetime programming from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by a 90-minute segment beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT following late local programming and/or newscasts.[12] The 2017 edition only contained the late-night portion.[21]

Viewership for the inaugural edition of Pitbull's New Year's Revolution was on par with Fox's previous New Year's specials; Nielsen ratings for the late-night segment recorded a 2.6 household rating, and a 2.2 rating in the 18–49 demographic (improving over the 2.1 of New Year's Eve Live 2014), putting it behind NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly (4.9, 3.1 among 18–49s) and ABC's New Year's Rockin' Eve (10.7, 7.3 among 18–49s).[27]

The 2016 edition of Pitbull's New Year's Revolution brought notable gains; the primetime portion recorded 2.6 million viewers and a 29% increase among 18-49s, while the late-night portion recorded a 3.1 household rating and a 2.7 rating among 18-49s.[28] Ratings were down in 2017, with a 2.6 household rating and a 2.4 rating among 18-49s.[21]

Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey[edit]

Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey
Presented by Steve Harvey
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Production location(s) Times Square, New York City
Production company(s) SH Productions
IMG Original Content
Release
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original release December 31, 2017

On November 16, 2017, Fox announced that it would air a new special hosted by television personality Steve Harvey, known as Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey: Live from Times Square, for New Year's Eve 2018. The new special would be produced by IMG, who is also the producer of Harvey's eponymous syndicated talk show.[29][30][31][32]

The inaugural edition featured performances by the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Flo Rida, as well as Neil Diamond—who led a live performance of "Sweet Caroline" in Times Square.[33][34] Keven Undergaro and Maria Menounos were also married on-air in a ceremony officiated by Harvey (who was only ordained two days before the event).[35]

Broadcast[edit]

Once again, the special was divided into two segments, with a segment airing in primetime, and a late-night conclusion. Facing one fewer competitor over 2017 (New Year's Eve with Carson Daly was placed on hiatus by NBC, as it tentatively scheduled Sunday Night Football for the final game of the 2017 NFL regular season. However, the NFL ultimately forewent a primetime game),[36] Fox finished in second place for the night behind New Year's Rockin' Eve, with a total of 8.5 million viewers for its primetime coverage (a 98% increase over last year's Pitbull's New Year's Revolution), and a 2.9 rating among 18-49s, making it Fox's most-watched New Year's special to date.[37]

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