Global’s broadcast of the New Year’s Eve concert from Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls said a broadcast record for the show with viewership peaking at 2 million at midnight.
The two-hour countdown was up 12 per cent from a year ago, with 846,000 viewers. The show, which police say attracted around 60,000 people to the park, featured Dragonette, Hedley and Nelly Furtado.
“We’re so thrilled that a record number of viewers across the country tuned in to welcome the New Year with ET Canada and some of the nation’s biggest musical acts,” said Tamara Simoneau, senior executive producer of ET Canada. “The New Year’s special has become an annual tradition, one that gets bigger and better every year.
“We begin planning long before the temperature drops; it’s a large-scale production that reflects the energy, excitement, glitz and glamour of the year ahead. We are so proud that in just a few short years, it has become the nation’s New Year’s Eve celebration.”
The show was seen on Global, Showcase and Slice.
“We have become Canada’s biggest and best NYE party,” said Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. “Niagara Falls is synonymous with fun and entertainment – Nik Wallenda, Red Bull Crashed Ice, NYE. It’s a buffet of fun. There is something here for everyon.”