Anderson Cooper's NYE Ratings Hit High Without Kathy Griffin

Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper - New Year's Eve Coverage - Screenshot - H 2017

Anderson Cooper's latest New Year's Eve partner brought new ratings highs.

The annual CNN telecast, which swapped Kathy Griffin for Andy Cohen after the former's controversial photo shoot with a severed facsimile of President Donald Trump's head, climbed 10 percent from the previous year for an average 3.3 million viewers.

That number made the telecast the most-watched in all of cable and bodes well for Cohen doing a repeat. (He and Cooper, famous friends, also have a long-running speaking tour called AC2.) Griffin had previously played comic relief to the strait-laced Cooper from 2011-2016. 

Of course, Cooper's haul was just a drop in TV's very large New Year's Eve bucket. The night's most-watched broadcast, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest, averaged a stunning 25.6 million viewers for the hour surrounding the ball drop — a 27-year high for the ABC franchise.