With the announcement Tuesday that Jimmy Kimmel was going to be moving his ABC show to 11:35 p.m. Eastern beginning in January, it would be easy to say that we have reached the next chapter in the long-standing late-night wards. The field has grown more and more competitive than the days of Johnny Carson — and even before Kimmel signed up for the change, you had the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Handler, and Andy Cohen all occupying the same hour of television. In other words, we’re really not sure if any one of these shows has that much room to grow.
So was Kimmel greeted with open arms by some of his rivals after the announcement came out? Not exactly — as a matter of fact, he wasn’t met with anything at all. Neither Leno nor Letterman opted to comment on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” move at all during their opening monologues, which is only surprising in the sense that Letterman had a field day during the whole Jay Leno / Conan O’Brien fiasco over at NBC back in 2010. Then again, it wouldn’t make much sense for these late-night hosts to decide to promote something that is going to be coming into direct competition with them. At least with Kimmel at midnight, they could take some solace in the fact that they had their viewers for at least the monologue, and most of them were not going to change the channel over during the show.
As for what Kimmel said on the subject of his move on his own show, here are some samples that were compiled via Deadline:
“It was a big day for us here today. You may have heard about this – or maybe not. ABC our network announced today that, starting in January – right around our 10-year anniversary – our show is moving from midnight to 11:35. I hope this doesn’t throw off my feeding schedule … So to all those people who’ve been telling me “your show is on too late for me” – you’re going to need a new excuse. Like ‘your show sucks’.”
Do you think that Kimmel is going to succeed now against the heavier competition, or is this too risky a move for ABC to make at this time? If you want to find out some more information about the changing world of late-night, be sure and read the story here.