‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Posts Biggest Weekly Audience Since Timeslot Switch

The ABC late-night show averaged 2.86 million total viewers for week of Nov. 18

Late-night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel really had something to laugh about with the latest ratings numbers.

For the week of Nov. 18 — the most recent period that weekly numbers are available for — ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” posted its most-watched week since the show switched over to the 11:35 p.m. timeslot — placing it in direct competition with NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman — in January.

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Growing 15 percent in total viewers from week to week, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” averaged 2.86 million, its best performance since it moved from a later timeslot during the week of Jan. 7.

In the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” also shot up over the previous week, climbing 29 percent to 1.05 million viewers in the demo — also its best performance since the January timeslot switch, excluding the NBA finals week in June.

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“Jimmy Kimmel Live” also increased its advantage over CBS’s “Letterman” in the demo that week, besting the competitor by 32 percent compared to 9 percent the previous week.

NBC’s “Tonight Show” still topped the week, grabbing first place in the demo with 1.112 million and in total viewers with an average 4.121 million.