ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Delivers its 2nd-Most-Watched Season in 10 Years

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June 1st, 2012

via press note:

During the week of May 21, 2012, which included the final 3 nights of the season leading into the Memorial Day weekend, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live jumped over the prior week by 14% in Total Viewers to draw its 3rd-largest audience of the season. In addition, JKL grew its overall audience over the year-ago week by 4%, marking the ABC program’s 7th time in the last 8 weeks to build year over year in Total Viewers. Together with Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel Live is part of ABC’s winning late-night strategy of airing news and entertainment programming.

 

  • · ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live ranked as the #3 talk show in late-night in both Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 during the week, behind only NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman.

 

  • · ABC’s JKL (M-F 12am) outdelivered NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (M-F 12:35am) by 16% in Total Viewers and by 6% in Adults 18-49, marking JKL’s 9th straight win over the NBC late-night program in both viewers and young adults. JKL topped Fallon on 4 of the 5 days of the week on both Nielsen measures, as a repeat telecast of JKL on Friday outperformed an original telecast of Fallon in both viewers (+10%) and young adults (+4%).

 

  • · ABC’s JKL outperformed CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (M-F 12:35am) by its second-best margin this season in Total Viewers (+55%), drawing a larger audience than the CBS program in 35 of the 36 weeks this season. JKL also beat Ferguson by an impressive 31% in Adults 18-49, marking the ABC program’s 11th consecutive victory over the CBS late-night program. JKL led Ferguson on all 5 days of the week in both viewers and young adults.

 

  • · JKL’s Tuesday airing (5/22/12), which featured The Middle’s Patricia Heaton, Dancing with the Stars champions Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Lisa Marie Presley, drew the ABC late-night program’s largest audience in 6 months since 11/22/11. In fact, the Tuesday telecast stands as JKL’s 2nd-most-watched telecast this season.

 

 

During the recently completed 2012 May Sweep, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live grew over the year-ago sweep to attract its biggest-ever audience for a May sweep. The ABC late-night program saw growth over the 2012 February Sweep of 10% in Total Viewers and 2% in Adults 18-49 to stand as the only late-night broadcast talk show to post gains.

 

  • · ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live ranked as the #3 talk show in late-night in Total Viewers during the 2012 May Sweep, behind only NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman.

 

  • · ABC’s JKL topped NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon by 11% in Total Viewers and by 2% in Adults 18-49, leading the NBC program in 2 of the 3 sweep periods of the season (May 2012 and November 2011). JKL also drew a larger overall audience than Fallon for the 3rd consecutive May Sweep – since 2009.

 

  • · ABC’s JKL beat CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson by its largest margin ever during a sweep period in both Total Viewers (+28%) and Adults 18-49 (+29%) to outperform the CBS late-night program in all 3 sweeps of the season.

 

 

For the complete 2011-12 Broadcast TV Season, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live grew its overall audience over the prior season by 3% in Total Viewers to generate its most-watched season in 5 years – since the 2006-07 season. In fact, JKL grew for the 2nd consecutive year to deliver its 2nd-most-watched season in its 10-year history (behind only the 2006-07 season).

 

  • · JKL was the only late-night broadcast talk show to grow year over year in Total Viewers (+3%), as NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (-4%) and Last Call with Carson Daly (-3%) and CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman (-10%) and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (-13%) were all down [NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon was flat].

 

  • · ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live was the No. 3 broadcast talk show in late-night of the season in Total Viewers, outdrawing both NBC’s Fallon and CBS’ Ferguson.
 
  • Brad

    I’m expecting CBS to be interested in Kimmel in 2014. No matter if he jumps ships, you can expect his salary to increase and for him to be on tv longer.

  • JB

    He’d dominate late night if he was on CBS and an established brand like the Late Show

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