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.


Jimmy Kimmel at the Emmy Awards. (© Lucy Nicholson / Reuters/REUTERS)

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.