ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live ranked as Thursday’s No. 1 talk show in late-night in households (3.0/8) in the 56 metered markets, and in the demo (1.2/6) in the 25 LPM markets, beating NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2.5/7 and 0.9/4) and CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman (2.7/8 and 0.9/5).
ABC had a very big night in primetime — launching its All Things Shonda Rhimes Thursday, including the 10 PM series premiere of How To Get Away With Murder, and the returns of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy. In LPM, at 10 PM, NBC did a 1.2 demo rating, and ABC did a 4.4. At 11:30 NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon logged a 0.9 and JKL clocked a 1.2 with a Shonda-themed show that included a scheduled visit by Scandal star Darby Stanchfield. Kimmel’s show had great success last season with Scandal-themed Thursdays and, in fact, last night’s telecast marked JKL’s highest-rated on any night in late-night in both homes and adults 18-49 (tie) – since Jimmy Kimmel Live: Behind The Scandalabra tribute to last spring’s Scandal season finale last May.