ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Dominates Late-Night with a First-Ever Visit by Matt Damon

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January 25th, 2013

via press note:

Featuring a first-ever visit by Jimmy Kimmel’s arch nemesis, Matt Damon, on Thursday (1/24/13), ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live ranked as the #1 program in late-night in both Households (2.92 rating) and Adults 18-49 (1.23 rating) in Nielsen’s 56 Metered Markets. Thursday’s telecast marked JKL’s best yet since moving to 11:35pm in HH and its 2nd-strongest in young adults.


  • · In the key Adult 18-49 demo, JKL beat NBC’s Tonight Show by 62% (0.76) and CBS’ The Late Show by 120% (0.56).


  • · In the 25 markets with Local People Meters, JKL ranked #1 in 9 of the Top 10 U.S. markets in Adults 18-49: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Atlanta and Houston.


Based on National ratings for the week of January 14, 2013, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live retained nearly all of its overall audience from the prior week (91%), despite airing a recap clips show on Friday.


  • · ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live topped NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for the 2nd week in a row in Adults 18-34 (+3%). In addition, the ABC late-night program beat the NBC program in Adults 18-49 on 2 of its 4 original telecasts during the week (Wednesday and Thursday).


  • · For the 2nd straight week, ABC’s JKL beat CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman in both Adults 18-49 (+6%) and Adults 18-34 (+17%). In fact, JKL led Letterman on each of its 4 original broadcasts of the week.


  • · On Thursday (1/17/13), featuring guest appearances by Mark Wahlberg, Jennifer Lopez and “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, JKL delivered its most-watched regular telecast ever.


  • Rebecca

    Saw clips from the Jimmy Kimmel show online…Matt Damon did a great job shaming him.

  • Nick

    Sadly I watched (although it was mainly because Sheryl Crow was performing her new single). It was actually hysterically good. If only Jimmy Kimmel was that good, I would watch regularly.

  • matt

    ^^It’s not like it was Matt Damon’s material..

  • Rob

    I’m just glad the tides are turning and soon Leno and Letterman will be gone. They are fossils and have long overstayed their relevance. Letterman checked out years ago and is literally an old “get off my lawn” guy. On all accounts, Leno is a nice guy off set but is a terribly unfunny host.

  • GARebelman

    So Jay won the 18-49 Demo last week. Kimmel won the younger skewing 18-34 barely by 3%. Jay won in total viewers and 25-54.

    That pretty much sums up that press release.

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