Jimmy Kimmel's Kanye West Episode Scores Best Ever Ratings Win Over Leno, Letterman

Jimmy Kimmel's Kanye West Episode Scores Best Ever Ratings Win Over Leno, Letterman

Early ratings show Kimmel well above Letterman and Leno in the 18-49 demo

Kanye West's rant-filled appearance on Wednesday's “Jimmy Kimmel Live” netted the show its best-ever ratings in the 11:35 p.m. slot, according to preliminary ratings data.

According to 25 markets, Kimmel had a 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, while Leno had a 0.7 and Letterman had 0.5. The show was also the winner of the timeslot in the top 10 U.S. markets.

Should the ratings data hold, it will mark Kimmel's highest-rated show in his 11:35 p.m. timeslot excluding the NBA Finals-led June episodes.