Late night host is now locked in through January 2017
ABC has given Jimmy Kimmel a new two-year contract extension, keeping him around through January 2017.
Kimmel is currently in his 11th season of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” though the ABC late night talker has been in the coveted 11:35 p.m. timeslot since just January of last year, when it swapped spots with “Nightline.”
With “Tonight” moving back to New York City, Kimmel only has TBS’ Conan O'Brien to battle for guests out west.
Kimmel, who has shown the importance in creating viral material from the timeslot, has seen ratings success even against stiff competition.
Versus the same point last season, “JKL” is up 16 percent in total viewers — 2.7 million vs. 2.3 million — and 13 percent in the advertiser-sought 18-49 demographic, with a 0.71 average rating vs. last year's 0.63. This marks the fourth straight season of growth for Kimmel's show.
Kimmel recently brought in his largest audience ever with a special “Scandal” episode.