Kimmel tops Letterman on 1st night of competition
This Nov. 17, 2011 file photo shows late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, left, and Molly McNearney arrive at the 16th annual GQ "Men of the Year" party in Los Angeles. Kimmel and McNearney are newly engaged. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, January 9, 2013 5:06PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 9, 2013 5:07PM EST
NEW YORK -- ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has gotten a warm welcome on its first night airing 30 minutes earlier.
Kimmel went head-to-head Tuesday for the first time against CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" and NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." According to Nielsen fast national ratings, Kimmel edged out Letterman and ran slightly behind Leno in total viewers.
Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was seen by roughly 3 million viewers, only 177,000 fewer than the audience for the "Tonight Show." It beat "Late Show" by 115,000 viewers.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" scored its second-largest audience ever while exceeding the average audience in its previous berth by 59 per cent.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" previously aired at 12 a.m. Eastern time, after "Nightline." It now airs for an hour beginning at 11:35 a.m., followed by "Nightline."