(Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET: As final program titles were released in the afternoon and metered market ratings were no longer preliminary, Kimmel easily overtook the Letterman rerun, which fell an entire ratings point from its previously reported number. Everything else remained the same.)
“Shake it Off,” Jimmy Fallon — you deserve a night at home.
With an exclusive outdoor Taylor Swift concert taking over ABC ‘s late night talk show — and jamming up Hollywood Blvd. in the process — “Jimmy Kimmel Live” scored its highest household rating since April’s “Behind the Scandalabra” special.
In the 56 metered markets, Kimmel earned a 3.0 rating/8 share on Thursday night. Per the 25 Local People Meters, the ABC late night show netted a 1.1/5.
Unfortunately for Kimmel, a CBS “Late Show” rerun bested it in both preliminary metrics: landing a 3.2/9 and 1.2/6, respectively. The David Letterman show had the advantage of a highly rated football game serving as a lead-in. The Denver Broncos defeat of the San Diego Chargers was CBS’s final “Thursday Night Football” game of the season — the remainder will air solely on the NFL Network.
Both Kimmel and the Letterman repeat topped a rerun of NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
That said, even if the regular top-dog Fallon was an original, Kimmel likely would have bested his new(ish) rival by a decent margin: “The Tonight Show” averages a 2.6 rating in the metered markets on Thursday nights. Letterman regularly sits in third.
National Live + Same Day numbers will be available next Thursday.