fThere might be a new leader in late night. And he’s right here in Los Angeles.
Jimmy Kimmel has been turning on the funny recently. He’s always been funny, but I’ve had a new respect for him ever since he eviscerated Jay Leno on his show, been putting up skits as good as the Handsome Man’s Club, and turning his show into a Lost-themed extravaganza. And his reward for the ballsy sort of comedy sketches?
The biggest late-night audiences that Kimmel has ever seen. 2.1 million viewers per show during the week of May 24-28. Those numbers spank everything else that’s being offered up in the same time slot, including Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Fallon. Then again, a monkey with a coconut helmet could create more awesome segments than Jimmy Fallon. The only good part of that show is the house band. Which is legendary. Among the demographic that advertisers covet so thoroughly, 18-49, Kimmel drew 851,000 viewers per night, beating Fallon by 11 percent, and Craig Ferguson by 27 percent.
So, well done, Jimmy. Possible reasons for the boost? Kimmel was the lead-in after the interview with Sandra Bullock’s husband Jesse James. And the dancing with the stars winner, Nicole Scherzinger. Basically, he’s had awesome guests. And great segments, like the above.