Jimmy Kimmel gets two more years at ABC
The new deal extends the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host's contract by two years, the New York Times reports; it had previously been scheduled to end in 2015. "JKL" is in its 11th season on ABC and has two years under its belt at 11:35 p.m. following nine-plus seasons at midnight.
Kimmel's audience has grown steadily in recent years and took a jump when "Live" moved to earlier in the night. The show is up 13 percent in adults 18-49 vs. last season and up 16 percent in viewers.
"JKL" trails "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" among adults 18-49. but leads CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman" in the demo. When Letterman retires in 2015, Kimmel will become the longest-tenured host of a broadcast network's flagship late-night show.