This is the first news I’ve received from ABC about its late night show since Conan took over The Tonight Show. Now ABC is starting its spin, crowing that Jimmy Kimmel Live delivered its strongest showing in 5 weeks with its 2nd best performance of the summer in viewers and adults 18-49. “For the first time ever, JKL outdraws Fallon for the week in viewers. JKL outdelivers CBS’ Late Show Late Show with Craig Ferguson across all key adult demos.”

During the week of July 13, 2009, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” delivered its strongest performance in Total Viewers (1.45 million) and Adults 18-49 (630,000) in 5 weeks – since w/o 6/8/09. In fact, the ABC late-night program turned in its second-best numbers of the summer.

· For the first time ever, “JKL” outperformed NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in originals during the course of a week in Total Viewers (+14% – 1.45 million vs. 1.27 million). In fact, “JKL” outdrew the NBC late-night program in viewers 3 of the 4 nights of originals, while tying on the 4th: (Tuesday – 1.72 million vs. 1.29 million; Wednesday – 1.53 million vs. 1.01 million; Thursday – 1.34 million vs. 1.29 million; Friday – 1.38 million-tied). Note: “JKL” normally airs repeats on Mondays.

· In addition, “JKL” produced is most competitive performance ever to NBC’s “Fallon in Adults 18-49 (630,000 vs. 705,000).

· For the week, “JKL” bested CBS’ “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” across each of the key Adult demographics: Adults 18-34 (249,000 vs. 194,000), Adults 18-49 (630,000 and 542,000) and Adults 25-54 (725,000 vs. 720,000).