During the week of 10-22 to 10/26 Jimmy Kimmel flew back and forth from LA to NY every day so he could host Live with Regis and Kelly in NY, and then Jimmy Kimmel Live in LA. The stunt worked and the show got its best weely ratings ever. Additionally Kimmel earns a Guiness World Record for Furthest Distance Commuted in One Working Week. 24,640 miles! Here's the ABC press release:
Weekly National Ratings:
During the week of October 22, 2007, a week in which Jimmy Kimmel pulled double-duty by also co-hosting "Live with Regis & Kelly," ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" attracted its largest weekly audience ever (2.05 million - "JKL" debut wo 01/27/03). In fact, to commemorate his bi-coastal efforts of hosting both shows, Jimmy Kimmel will be presented with a Guinness World Record for the "FURTHEST DISTANCE COMMUTED IN ONE WORKING WEEK" (24,640 miles).
* On Wednesday (10/24/07), featuring guests Josh Hartnett, Tila Tequila and Ben Harper, "JKL" drew its largest audience (2.28 million) and highest Women 18-49 rating (1.2/6) for any telecast in 5 months - since 5/22/07 and 5/3/07, respectively. In addition, the Wednesday telecast garnered the highest ratings ever on the night in Women 18-49 in late-night, while drawing the third-largest ever Wednesday audience.
* Compared to the same week last year, "Kimmel" was up by 18% in Total Viewers (2.05 million vs. 1.74 million) and by 17% among Adults 18-49 (0.7/4 vs. 0.6/3) - week of 10/23/06.
* Season to date ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has increased its overall audience from the same point last season (1.89 million vs. 1.85 million). In fact, among Total Viewers "Jimmy Kimmel" is the only late-night entertainment talk show to grow: "Letterman" (-10%), "Leno" (-10%), "Craig Ferguson" (-11%), "Conan" (-18%) and "Carson Daly" (-25%) were all down.
Source: NTI, National Live + Same Day Program Ratings, week of 10/22/07, or as dated. TV seasons, 07-08 (9/24/07 - 10/28/07) and 06-07 (9/18/06 - 10/29/06). Most Current and/or Live + SD, as dated.