ABC’s 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Beats Leno and Letterman With Its Best Numbers Yet at 11:35PM

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January 11th, 2013

via press release:

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Sees its Best Numbers Yet in its New Time Slot


“JKL” is Late-Night’s No. 1 Talk Show in Adults 18-49 on Thursday, Beating

NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show” by More Than 30% Each


“JKL” Beats its NBC and CBS Competition in Each of the Top 5 U.S. Markets



“Jimmy Kimmel Live”

On Thursday, January 10, 2013, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” delivered its best numbers yet in its new 11:35 p.m. time slot on its third day, spiking over Wednesday by 11% in Total Viewers (3.167 million vs. 2.859 million) and by 15% in Adults 18-49 (1.241 million vs. 1.083 million). In fact, with Thursday’s telecast (3.167 million) and Tuesday’s debut (3.097 million), “JKL” scored 2 of its Top 3 most-watched episodes ever.


  • “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ranked as Thursday’s No. 1 talk-show in late-night in Adults 18-49 (1.241 million), beating NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” by an impressive 32% (938,000) and CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” by a best-yet 34% (929,000).


  • Through its first 3 days in its new time slot (Tuesday-Thursday), “JKL” (1.070 million) is leading “The Tonight Show” by 3% (1.037 million) in Adults 18-49 and CBS’ “The Late Show” by 23% (870,000).


  • In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, “JKL” ranked No. 1 in its time periods in Adults 18-49 in each of the Top 5 U.S. markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas.



PROGRAM AVERAGES        TOTAL VIEWERS      A18-49(000)/ Rtg


Thursday, 01/10/13

ABC “JKL”                 3,167,000         1,241,000/ 0.98     

NBC “Tonight Show”        3,400,000           938,000/ 0.74

CBS “Late Show”           3,289,000           929,000/ 0.73

  • Igor

    Same as you :)

  • Monikka

    Ugh, why do I have to see the hideous Kimmel when I click on this page? The talentless smirk and the toupee are sickening. Good to know Tom Shales hates him too.

  • iggy agrimotor

    “… whoever has the best leadin will win the timeslot”

    lol, Letterman never wins.

  • Ananthapadmanabhan

    I think that Fallon may stay back at 12:35 and NBC may make a move for Ferguson. I have never seen jay to go to any other talk show before and I think Leno prefers Ferguson to jimmy (as he considers him to be a fellow comic rather than a man with a desk job). Also Ferguson’s show is much more cheaper and in NBC they have a lot of electricity and non leaking roof tops. I don’t understand people saying that Letterman would retire if network asks him to go, he is the producer of both the late night shows and Leno does not even own his own show and highly doubt he can be fired from his show. Also he is 5 years older than jay.

  • Douglas in TN

    With this new three-way battle, leadins may indeed prove to be decisive. We’re only one week in, but it seems as if there just might not be a winner on a regular basis…maybe more of a yo yo. Leno may take 2-3 nights, Kimmel a couple, and Letterman taking a night. (Letterman’s wins are usually guest-driven.)

  • Neal

    Gary, many people said Conan would take over for Leno in 2009 and you saw what happened. Fallon is a disaster and simply isn’t ready for Tonight!

  • Douglas in TN

    Conan did take over for Leno in 2009, and would still be there if Leno hadn’t that clause in his contract that required him to be on the air…play or pay. If NBC had the choice to bench Leno and keep Conan, they would have. Conan was still pulling the younger numbers, while the grandmas kept lovin their Jay.

  • Douglas in TN

    I have a feeling one Leno fan in particular will be either deep in tears or booze when Tonight with Jimmy Fallon premieres in 2014.

  • Neal

    Douglas quit smokin what your smokin! Pre 2009 Leno beat Conan in EVERY age group even the youngest! If Conan really was doing better than Leno he’d still be there. Even Letterman beat Tonight consistently for the 1st time in 15 years because Conan was hosting!

    Not to mention all the complaints about Conan’s TS on the NBC boards!

  • Adam Stabelli

    Wasn’t Leno’s contract just extended past 2014? I believe he will drop dead in that chair.

  • Gary Middleton

    Adam, there was a widely disseminated report that Leno’s contract was extended, but it all seemed to trace back to a single tweet that may have been taken out of context. My own interpretation is that there was no extension.

  • Douglas in TN

    Mario…share what you’re smoking. Leno rarely was able to beat the numbers Conan put up as host of Tonight. Within weeks of his return Leno fell below Conan’s numbers.

  • Neal

    Douglas numbers don’t lie! Pre 2009 Leno was getting more than 5 million viewers a nights and beat Conan in EVERY age group! Conan’s Tonight lost MILLIONS of viewers compared to Leno’s Tonight and got consistently beat by Letterman!

  • Douglas in TN

    But Mario still refuses to admit that ONCE LENO RETURNED in 2010, his numbers frequently FELL BELOW CONAN’s ratings.

    He’ll never admit that.

  • Neal

    Doug, open your eyes! Conan’s TS was bombing and his ratings only went up AFTER they announced he was leaving! If Conan stayed his ratings would be below ZERO by now!

    Why don’t you address the fact that for the 1st time in 15 years Letterman consistently beat Tonight since awful Conan was host?

  • Douglas in TN

    Yes, Letterman started to beat Conan in total viewers, and it was a great race in demo viewers.

    But why won’t you admit that Leno’s 2010 and later ratings were often below Conan’s?

    Nothing more frustrating than debating a fanboi…and I’m not even going to bother reading Mario’s posts anymore. You can always tell who it is, whatever name he uses.

  • Neal

    Doug, most ALL late night hosts are down in the ratings since 2005 not just Leno! Leno beat Conan at any and every time period!

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