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Jimmy Kimmel Beats David Letterman in First 11:35 Telecast

January 10, 2013 (7:15 am) GMT
Boosted by Jennifer Aniston's appearance, Kimmel topped his idol Letterman, but fell short of surpassing his rival Jay Leno.

has heated up the competition at 11:35 P.M. slot. In its first telecast in the new time slot on Tuesday night, January 8, "" scored 3.1 million viewers, beating out his idol 's show on CBS by 7% in total viewers (2.9 million).

Kimmel, however, fell short of winning over his big enemy . "JKL" ran neck-and-neck with NBC's "" with only 177,000 total viewers separating the two programs. Leno won in term of total viewers with 3.3 million.

With 887,000 viewers in adults 18-49, "JKL" ranked No. 1 in the coveted demo in 13 of Local People Meters markets during its time period. In Households markets, the ABC late-night talk show won in 8 of Top 10 markets, including New York and Los Angeles.

Moved to a new time slot, Kimmel got a new desk which was destroyed by when the actress showed up as guest on Tuesday night. Smashing his table with a sledge hammer, the former "Friends" star thought it was the last 12:00 show and the set would be replaced with a new one when it moved to 11:35.

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