Sean Spicer Hands Kimmel a Rare Ratings Win Over Fallon

ABC late-night talker last performed this well when coupled with June’s NBA Finals

Last Updated: September 14, 2017 @ 12:03 PM

Sean Spicer may have found his next permanent gig: Jimmy Kimmel’s sidekick.

It could be a win/win, as the former White House Press Secretary just handed “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” its top TV rating in three months. Wednesday night, Kimmel hauled in a 2.1 rating/6 share in Nielsen’s households, which tally 56 metered markets.

That’s the best the ABC late-night show has fared since following Game 5 of the NBA Finals back in mid-June.

Excluding that championship series altogether, Wednesday would have been Kimmel’s highest-rated show in six months. And if we only study that specific weeknight, it’s the been the best non-NBA Wednesday finish in eight months.

That 2.1 was 24 percent better than Kimmel’s week-ago numbers. Last night, it topped “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (a 1.8) by 17 percent. “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” is in repeats this week.

In addition to Spicer, Kimmel also welcomed U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens and musical guest 21 Savage last night.

There’s a note here we have to pass along:

As a result of not meeting the required minimum in-tab thresholds, the following markets have been excluded from Wednesday’s averages: Tampa, Miami, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Fort Meyers-Naples.

Yes, that’s on you, Hurricane Irma.