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ABC Renews ‘Kimmel’

Aug 28, 2006  •  Post A Comment

ABC has renewed “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for a fifth season in late-night. The announcement from the network makes this a happy fall for Mr. Kimmel, who also has a prime-time special, “Jimmy Kimmel Live’s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” airing on ABC at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The late-night hour’s audience grew 6 percent overall to 1.64 million viewers in the 2005-06 season and 17 percent among 18- to 49-year-old viewers. It had a summer of double-digit growth in both categories.

“Jimmy Kimmel is the future of late-night television, and we’re thrilled to have him on ABC,” Andrea Wong, executive VP of alternative programming, specials and late-night for ABC Entertainment, said in the announcement. “His show exhibits great creative strength, which is reflected in his growing audience.

Mr. Kimmel regards network press releases as just another venue for comedy. In the announcement, he pronounced himself “delighted” about the renewal of “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” “I watch it all the time,” he said.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live’s All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live!” will be taped in front of a live studio audience.