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'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Grows to Its Best Non-NBA Finals Week in Over 6 Months

During the opening week of the new 2017-18 TV season (w/o 9/25/17), ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" jumped over the prior week by 13% in Total Viewers (2.298 million vs. 2.035 million) and 23% among Adults 18-49 (626,000 vs. 509,000) to its best performance since June - since the weeks of 6/5/17 and 6/12/17, respectively. Excluding June's NBA Finals-led weeks, "Kimmel" posted its strongest week in more than 6 months in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49 - since the week of 3/13/17.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live" grew over the year-ago Premiere Week(2.184 million and 592,000 on w/o 9/19/16) by 5% in Total Viewers and 6% in Adults 18-49. In fact, ABC's "Kimmel" was the only late-night broadcast talk show to improve over the year-ago week among Adults 18-49 (+6%), as NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" declined -29% (808,000 vs. 1.143 million) and CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" was down -6% (658,000 vs. 701,000).

On the first night of the season (Monday, 9/25/17), ABC's "Kimmel" was the No. 1 late-night talk show among Adults 18-49 (735,000), topping NBC's "Fallon" by 7% (686,000) and CBS' "Colbert" by 14% (646,000), while also improving over the year-ago opening night by 27% (579,000 on Monday, 9/19/16). Monday's show welcomed Viola Davis, Freddie Highmore and musical guest Grizzly Bear.

PROGRAM AVERAGES Total Viewers A18-49 (000)
ABC's "Kimmel" 2,298,000 626,000
CBS' "Colbert" 3,023,000 658,000
NBC's "Fallon" 2,541,000 808,000

Source: The Nielsen Company, Live + Same Day National Program Ratings for the weeks of 9/25/17, 9/18/17 and 9/19/16 or as dated.

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