EXCLUSIVE: Jimmy Kimmel live is still delivering strong ratings, six weeks after late night returned to the airwaves.
For the week of November 6, Kimmel earned a 0.15 rating among adults 18-49, which tied him for first place with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, according to Live + Same Day Nielsen data. Since the show returned on October 2nd, it has managed to maintain its ratings crown.
Over the past six weeks, Kimmel has remained ahead when it comes to key demo ratings, averaging a 0.19. That’s 12% above Fallon’s 0.17 rating and 27% above The Last Show with Stephen Colbertwhich had an average of 0.15.
However, Colbert was out of commission due to COVID for much of the week of October 16, so the other late-night shows had a slight advantage in terms of original content.
Kimmel also appears to be improving in total viewers. For the week of November 6, the show averaged 1.68 million viewers, which is the second-highest audience of the season, according to Nielsen live+same-day data.
This represents an 8% increase from the previous week, marking the second week in a row that the show increased its audience. Year-over-year, viewership increased 32% to 1.27 million.
Compared to last season’s comparable six weeks, the show was up 13% in total viewers, averaging around 1.6 million. That makes it the most-watched start to the season in four years.
Kimmel’s broadcast on Wednesday night went particularly well. That episode — which featured Luke Grimes, Blake Shelton and singer Jelly Roll — drew 2.17 million viewers and a 0.22 rating among the entertainment demo, beating the competition in both categories.