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Jimmy Kimmel To Take On Letterman And Leno In New Time Slot

ABC has announced that it will move Jimmy Kimmel Live into the same time-slot currently occupied by late-night icons Jay Leno and David Letterman.

The network said Tuesday that, beginning in January, Kimmel’s late night talk show will take over the 11:35 p.m. ET time slot currently occupied by Nightline, allowing the host to challenge NBC and CBS’s talk show vets in Letterman’s Late Show and Leno’s Tonight Show.

“I have been quietly hoping for this,” Kimmel told USA Today. “It’s a thrill to go up against the big guys, and you feel like when you go up against the big guys you’re hosting a real talk show and not a talk-show fantasy camp. In any job, you want to please your employer, and I think this is about as good a vote of confidence as we could get.”

As part of the move, the long-running newsmagazine program will switch to a daily post-midnight slot and get a new once-weekly primetime slotting.

ABC says the move will take advantage of the recent ratings growth of Kimmel and the potential for as much as $90 million a year in extra ad revenue. In a press statement, Anne Sweeney, president of Disney ABC Television Group, said “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.”

The new schedule is slated to begin January 8th, 2013.

[h/t USA Today]

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