‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ Ends ‘The Tonight Show’s Demo-Win Run As ABC Series Scores Best Ratings In 7 Months

It ends Fallon’s twelve week run topping the demo.
“We are hopeful that we can let people who want to see the show into our building and rest of the staff,” he said. Kimmel told Deadline recently that he hopes to have audiences back in the studio next month. “June 15 is the date that the governor established as our get-back-to really-normal date, so we’re hoping that means we can get back to normal here but nobody really knows,” he said.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which had guests on including Chris Rock and Samira Wiley, averaged 359,000 viewers in the demo, live+same day, compared to The Tonight Show’s 338,000 and The Late Show’s 278,000.
The ABC show leads the NBC show in total viewers by 14% – 1.75M compared to 1.54M. But Kimmel has cemented its number two position in total viewers this season, ahead of The Tonight Show for the first time.
The talkshow won the late-night ratings among adults 18-49 during the week of May 17, beating NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, told Deadline how pleased he was with Kimmel’s recent ratings.
It should be noted that The Late Show continues to comfortably dominate in total viewers.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! had its best ratings run since October as the ABC series topped the late-night demo last week.
We’re really excited [by the performance],” he said.” /> “I know I'm on the home team here but I think, Jimmy, really is the best host of late night. It’s really a golden era, I think Fallon, Conan and Trevor Noah, they’re all fantastic but Jimmy’s got the institutional knowledge. He’s been there the longest now and he’s still great every night.

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