Late-Night Shuffle: Kimmel Will Now Compete With Full Leno, Letterman Shows
In January ABC will move "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to the prime 11:35 p.m. spot, facing long-time late-night kings David Letterman and Jay Leno, while "Nightline" will move to 12:35. Kimmel's show formerly started at 12 a.m. The network made the scheduling switch because the Kimmel show "was the only late-night broadcast talk show to increase its viewership this past season, its most-watched in 5 years," writes Nellie Andreeva. "It also has younger audience than its broadcast competitors Leno and Letterman as well as the show it will replace, 'Nightline,' making it appealing to broadcast advertisers."