Closing in on its move to the earlier 11:35 p.m. timeslot, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” scored its most watched sweep ratings derby in its 10 years on ABC.
Kimmel’s was the only late-night broadcast talk show to grow its audience, year to year. Granted, his audience was up by about 100,000 viewers — but up is up.
Kimmel’s show aired from Brooklyn during one of the November sweep weeks, and his visit wound up coinciding with Hurricane Sandy’s to the area, which made for some pretty poignant late-night TV. That week was the show’s second most watched in its history.
During the November sweep, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” averaged 2.101 million viewers. Airing in the earlier, 11:35 p.m. timeslot, Kimmel’s soon-to-be-head-to-head competitors Jay Leno and David Letterman averaged 3.5 million and 3.3 million viewers, respectively.