Rejoice! Soon, Jimmy Kimmel fans won’t have to stay up quite as late to see the comedian.
ABC announced today that Jimmy Kimmel Live! is moving to 11:35 p.m., putting it head-to-head with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman. Nightline will move to 12:35 a.m. The switch will take place January 8.
“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,” Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a press release. “There is the potential for far greater upside over the long-term with this shift, given increased advertiser demand for competitive entertainment programming in the time slot.”
For the 2011-2012 season, Jimmy Kimmel Live! grew its audience by 3% over the previous year, giving the program its most-watched season in five years.
In addition to the later timeslot, Nightline will also add a primetime hour every Friday at 9:00 p.m., starting March 1.