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Kimmel to Take On Letterman and Leno

Jimmy Kimmel show rescheduled

August 22, 2012- Jimmy Kimmel the comedian, who has a late night talk show, is moving to 11:35 pm to go head to head with late-night’s best David Letterman and Jay Leno. On Tuesday, ABC television announced that Kimmel would move from midnight to its new 11:35 pm and push Nightline back to a 12:35 am starting time. Over the last 12 months, Kimmel’s show has increased viewership by 3%.

The show will not switch time slots until January 8. ABC said the change of time reflected the higher ratings Kimmel has been receiving, as well as an increased demand from advertisers to be on late night programming.

The president of ABC Television/Disney, Anne Sweeney said that because of the fan base that Kimmel has built in the past decade and the increase in the show’s ratings, it is the best time possible to make the change.

Out of all the last night hosts, only Kimmel has had an increase in the number of views in the coveted 18 to 49 age group and overall. He receives an average of close to 1.8 million viewers each night. That is compared to Leno’s 3.7 million and Letterman’s 3.1 million.

According to the latest Nielsen ratings, Nightline in its present slot of 11:35 pm is beating both Letterman and Leno in total viewers.

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