ABC's 'Kimmel' Posts its Most-Competitive Finish Ever With 'Letterman'

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April 26th, 2012

via press release:

During the week of April 16, 2012, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live grew its overall audience over the same week last year (+2%) for the 3rd consecutive week, standing as the only late-night broadcast talk show to build its viewer count year to year.


  • During the week, ABC’s JKL (M-F 12am) stood as the #3 broadcast talk show in late-night in Total Viewers, behind only NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (M-F 11:35pm) and CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman (M-F 11:35pm). In fact, JKL scored its most competitive finish ever with Letterman, pacing within 600k viewers of the veteran CBS late-night program.


  • ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live outdrew NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (M-F 12:35am) by double-digit margins for the 4th week in a row in Total Viewers, leading the NBC program by its second-largest margin of the season (+36%). In fact, the ABC late-night program drew a larger overall audience than Fallon in all 5 days of the week. Also for the 4th straight week, JKL topped Fallon in Adults 18-49 (+18%), leading the NBC program in all 4 of JKL’s original telecasts of the week.


  • ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live outperformed CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (M-F 12:35am) by its second-best margin this season in Total Viewers (+45%), outdrawing the CBS program in 30 of the 31 weeks this season, while also beating Ferguson by an impressive 28% in Adults 18-49. The ABC late-night program outperformed Ferguson by double-digit percentages in all 5 days of the week in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. In fact, for the 3rd consecutive week, a repeat telecast of JKL on Friday outperformed an original telecast of Ferguson in both viewers (+38%) and Adults 18-49 (+21%),


  • Season to date (31 weeks), ABC’s JKL is building its overall audience through the same weeks last year by 3% in Total Viewers, growing the most year to year of any late-night broadcast talk show.


  • Season to date, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live is the #3 broadcast talk show in late-night in Total Viewers, outdrawing both NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
  • Dr. TV

    Yay, Kimmel came in its best 3rd place ever!!!

  • Stuart

    Nobody cares about late night anymore. But, ‘nets will continue to shove it down our collective throats.

    Kimmel’s off putting to look at and pretty sucky, so I’m guessing this is more about Letterman’s demise than Kimmel’s rise.

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