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ABC to Move Jimmy Kimmel

August 22, 2012 by Marc Berman in Highlights with 0 Comments

LATE NIGHT TALKER TO SWAP TIME PERIOD WITH NIGHTLINE

Effective on January 8, 2013, ABC will move late night talker Jimmy Kimmel Live up one half-hour from 12:05 a.m. to 11:35 p.m. Current occupant Nightline, which is expected to have an hour in primetime beginning in March, will shift to 12:35 a.m. The move will enable Kimmel to better compete opposite Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman on CBS.

“Given the passionate fan base Jimmy Kimmel Live has built over the past decade, and the show’s ratings and creative momentum this season, the time is right to make this move,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group in a statement.

ABC is hoping, of course, that greater advertising demand will benefit the entertainment driven Kimmel, which has been a late night staple on ABC since January 2003.

Written by Marc Berman

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Marc Berman is the Editor in Chief for TV Media Insights, the online destination for television and media. Berman has appeared on camera for Extra, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, The CBS Evening News, CNN, and more; and his 2014 desk calendar, “Today in TV History,” is presently available.

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