TV Ratings: Jimmy Kimmel Hits All-Time High After NBA

ABC's Friday telecast of 'Live' is its best ever, matching Stephen Colbert's series debut last year.
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ABC has multiple reasons to be thankful for the NBA Finals this year. The highly-rated series, which continues Monday night, has been a boon to Jimmy Kimmel.

The late-night host typically sees season highs with his annual basketball lead-in, but he's yet to see a ratings boost as big as the one he got on Friday night. Jimmy Kimmel Live hit an all-time best for the episode, which followed game four of the NBA Finals. In Nielsen's 25 markets with Live People Meters, the episode nabbed an all-time best 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.

Not only is that the best showing Kimmel has ever gotten outside of primetime, it matches the comparable high of head-to-head competitor Stephen Colbert. Friday's Live pulled the same preliminary score as Colbert's first episode on CBS' The Late Show.

Among households, Friday's Live even boasted the rare edge over dominant late-night force Jimmy Fallon. NBC's Tonight Show trailed with a 2.7 rating to Live's 3.0 rating — almost doubling its haul in the key demo.

With the Championship now on the line for the Golden State Warriors, Monday's game could drive Kimmel even higher. Game 5 starts at 9 p.m. ET.

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