Jimmy Kimmel soars in 11:35 debut
Posted January 9, 2013
Jimmy Kimmel's first night at 11: 35 p.m. ET/PT yielded his second-biggest audience yet, averaging 3.1 million viewers Tuesday, according to early Nielsen ratings.
That put ABC's late-night Jimmy Kimmel Live, which shifted to an earlier slot to go head-to-head against competing network talkfests, slightly behind NBC's Tonight Show With Jay Leno, with 3.3 million Tuesday, but ahead of CBS' Late Show With David Letterman, with 2.9 million. Letterman had praised Kimmel, appeared on his show in October and wished him well.
Kimmel, who had Jennifer Aniston and No Doubt as guests, jumped 59% over his season-to-date average of 1.9 million viewers at 12:05 a.m. Nightline, in its new 12:35 a.m. slot, drew 1.7 million viewers, beating NBC's Jimmy Fallon and CBS' Craig Ferguson, but losing more than half its typical audience.
Final numbers will be out next week.
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