Late night battle 'ABC's Jimmy Kimmel' topped CBS' Ferguson


During the 4th Quarter 2011, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live grew its overall audience over the year-ago quarter by 5% to deliver its most-watched quarter in 4 years – since 4Q 2007.

In fact, this marked JKL’s 2nd-most-watched quarter in its nearly 9-year history (JKL premiered in January 2003). Growing year to year in Total Viewers (+5%) for the 7th quarter in a row, JKL delivered the largest yearly gains of any talk show in late-night (broadcast or cable).

Scoring double-digit gains over the prior quarter in Total Viewers (+19%) and Adults 18-49 (+17%), ABC’s JKL grew its overall audience the most of any late-night talk show.

ABC’s JKL topped CBS’ Ferguson during the quarter by its largest margin ever in Total Viewers (+15%), topping the CBS late-night program in 13 of the 14 weeks of the quarter. In addition, JKL beat Ferguson in Adults 18-49 (+7%) for the 7th consecutive quarter, leading the CBS program in 11 of the quarter’s 14 weeks.

(source; ABC)