ABC’s Kimmel Posts Most-Watched Week in 9 Months/Tops NBC’s Fallon by 34% in Nov. Sweep

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Jimmy Kimmel Live

via press release:

Fringe Ratings Report: ABC Late-Night Programming

Week of November 23, 2009 and 2009 November Sweep

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel” Attracts its Biggest Audience in Nearly 9 Months

And for the 2nd Straight Week Tops NBC’s “Fallon” by a Best-Ever 39%

During the 2009 November Sweep, “Kimmel” Outdraws “Fallon”

By 34% in Total Viewers and Ties CBS’ “Ferguson” in Adults 18-49

On Tuesday, “JKL” Registers its Most-Watched Telecast on Any Night

In Over 6 Months, Topping “Fallon” by 68% and “Ferguson” by 17%

Weekly National Ratings:

Hitting a season high during the week of November 23, 2009, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” attracted its largest overall audience (1.85 million) in nearly 9 months – since w/o 3/2/09.

  • For the 2nd straight week, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” outdrew NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” by a best-ever 39% in Total Viewers (1.85 million vs. 1.33 million), topping the NBC late night program in viewers for the 10th week running during the 2009-10 TV season.  Season to date, “JKL” is attracting 25% more overall viewers than NBC’s “Fallon” (1.72 million vs. 1.38 million).
  • During the just-completed 2009 November Sweep, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” outdelivered NBC’s “Fallon” by 34% in Total Viewers (1.77 million vs. 1.32 million) and tied CBS’ “Ferguson” in Adult 18-49 rating (0.6).
  • On Tuesday (11/24/09), the night of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” finale and featuring guests Charlize Theron, Donny Osmond, Ron Artest and Regis Philbin, “JKL” generated its most-watched telecast (2.17 million) on any night in more than 6 months – since 5/19/09. On that evening, “Kimmel” drew 68% more overall viewers than NBC’s “Fallon” (1.29 million) and 17% more than CBS’ “Ferguson” (1.86 million).

Source:  The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day Program Ratings for week of 11/23/09, with Thursday (11/26) and Friday (11/27) coded as “specials” due to the Thanksgiving holiday and excluded from the weekly averages.  Season-to-date averages based on Most Current Ratings.  2009-10 TV Season (9/21 – 11/27/09).  2009 November Sweep = 10/29-11/25/09.

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