Taking New York By Storm While Competitors Are On Hiatus
In the week of October 19, 2015, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! will produce five episodes from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Brooklyn, New York. The show generally films in Hollywood, California at the Hollywood Masonic Temple. However, Jimmy Kimmel is taking his show on the road in order to compete with his major rivals, who both shoot their late night shows in New York: Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. The former, Stephen Colbert, recently debuted his new job as David Letterman’s successor in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS, and Jimmy Fallon is always a viewer favorite on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC. However, ABC’s late night offering, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, is losing some of the spotlight with all of the happenings in New York. It is for this reason that Jimmy Kimmel has decided to come to New York for a week of shows. Whereas the show usually films just four episodes in a week, this special on the road series will feature five episodes. The timing of the week of October 19th was specifically chosen because both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon will be on hiatus, allowing the entire focus of viewership to be centered on Jimmy Kimmel’s New York sojourn.
The last time Jimmy Kimmel did a major on the road piece was in March in Austin during the SXSW Festival. During that time, Kimmel saw a major increase in ratings compared to the previous weeks. Specifically, he brought in 2.830 million viewers in comparison to 2.744 million the week before that. Furthermore, his demographic statistics also increased from 0.73 the week before to 0.76 during the Austin special. Those numbers were his best statistics since the previous November. Simultaneously, Kimmel was then featured in Esquire Magazine as “Mr. James Kimmel, Troublemaker,” which added to the positive buzz around him at the time. Still, it can be said that Jimmy Kimmel does very well while on the road, with viewers tuning in for the change of scenery for his show. Therefore, the upcoming Brooklyn week is sure to attract a lot of attention, especially as both Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon will be on a break. However, the last time Jimmy Kimmel came to Brooklyn, Hurricane Sandy hit and he had to cancel his first show. So this time hold onto your hats.
“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Not Actually Live, But Still Great Fun
The name Jimmy Kimmel Live! is misleading. In its normal airing schedule, the show is taped at 4:30pm Pacific Standard Time on the day of the broadcast. There are rare occasions when the show does in fact air special live versions, such as after the Academy Awards or the NBA Finals leading into the ABC coverage of the event. Nevertheless, the show is a late night favorite among viewers. Since 2013, the show has been airing in the 11:35pm time slot in order to directly compete with Late Night with David Letterman, and now Late Night with Stephen Colbert, as well as what was once The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which is now The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Since both Letterman and Leno have since retired, Jimmy Kimmel is the longest running late night host. Jimmy Kimmel is 47 years old, which still makes him one of the new generation along with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. In fact, 47 years ago, Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, where he will return next month for his week long special.
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