LENO STILL TOPS, BUT KIMMEL A COMPETITIVE SECOND IN TOTAL VIEWERS
The overnights gave Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC a small advantage over both The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC in its new 11:35 p.m.–12:35 a.m. weeknight time period. But based on the Live Plus Same Day data from Nielsen , old faithful Jay Leno actually finished first on Tuesday with 3.27 million, versus 3.1 million for Jimmy Kimmel. David Letterman was third with 2.88 million. Season to-date, Kimmel was averaging 1.9 million viewers at 12:05 a.m. ET, so this is still a vast increase (and a jumpstart, no doubt, among the target young demographics).
Opposite Jimmy Kimmel, Leno and Letterman each declined by six percent from their season to-date viewer average.