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Kanye Helps Kimmel Win Huge Ratings Victory Over Leno, Letterman

Jimmy Kimmel’s highly-anticipated, highly-entertaining interview with Kanye West helped the ABC late night host score a major victory over competitors Jay Leno and David Letterman last night. With an initial 1.2 rating in the 18-49 demo, Kimmel likely had his biggest win ever over NBC and CBS since he moved to 11:35pm, outside the June episodes that immediately followed the NBA Finals.

Kimmel’s 1.2 rating was equal to the combined number for NBC’s Tonight Show With Jay Leno, which had a 0.7 and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman, which had a 0.5. The ABC host also saw a 1.2 last Thursday, following the the season premiere of Scandal at 10pm.

During the week of September 23-27, Kimmel pulled in a 0.7 in the demo, trailing Leno who had a 0.9, but ahead of Letterman’s 0.6. In total viewers, Kimmel was third with 2.4M viewers, behind Leno’s 3.7M and Letterman’s 3.1M.

Kimmel’s overall success thus far in the demo as the new TV season begins demonstrates the potential struggles for Letterman was he moves forward into 2015 with his newly resigned contract as well as the potential upside for Jimmy Fallon, who, at 39, will become the youngest of the three major late night hosts when he takes over the Tonight Show in February.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full Kimmel/Kanye interview in two parts below, via ABC:

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