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Jimmy Kimmel visits WSB to tout ratings, new time slot

Jimmy Kimmel cuts up with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore. AJC Staff Photo by Curtis Compton

Jimmy Kimmel cuts up with Channel 2 anchors Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore. AJC Staff Photo by Curtis Compton

Jimmy Kimmel visited the WSB headquarters in Atlanta on Monday to celebrate superb ratings and an upcoming new time slot.

The show grew its overall audience by 3 percent in total viewers during the 2011-12 broadcast season, its most-watched in five years, according to an announcement from Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. It was the only late-night broadcast talk show to grow year over year in total viewers, the announcement reported.

Beginning Jan. 8, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” moves to 11:35 p.m. weeknights, following Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat with Jovita Moore and Justin Farmer at 11 p.m.

Jimmy Kimmel meets and greets. AJC Staff Photo by Curtis Compton

Jimmy Kimmel meets and greets. AJC Staff Photo by Curtis Compton

“As strong as the ratings are nationwide, the strongest ratings for Jimmy Kimmel are right here in Atlanta,” said Tim McVay, vice president and general manager of Channel 2 WSB-TV, who introduced Kimmel during a private reception.

Kimmel posed for pictures after a few remarks.

“I feel like we’re ready,” he said of the upcoming new time slot. “I feel like we’ll succeed.”

The avid cook said he was glad to be back in Atlanta.

“I learned to make smoked chicken wings here!” he said before inviting guests to pose with him for photos next to the Christmas tree in WSB’s lobby.

We discussed Honey Boo Boo. Unfortunately Jimmy didn't have a side trip planned to McIntyre during his time in Georgia.

We discussed Honey Boo Boo. Unfortunately Jimmy didn't have a side trip planned to McIntyre during his time in Georgia.

“Like Santa Claus, you can jump on my lap. If you’re naughty enough, you can get what you want,” he joked.

During a quick exchange we asked him about, what else? Honey Boo Boo. The 7-year-old beauty queen “endorsed” President Barack Obama during a visit to Kimmel’s show before the election.

“It didn’t hurt,” Kimmel said of Alana Thompson’s presidential nod. “Every endorsement helps.”

Kimmel’s show is funny but not exclusively silly. He’s made headlines with segments that discuss politics, in one case sending crews to ask people to rate presidential debates that hadn’t happened yet.

“Sometimes the show is smart,” he said. “We don’t feel compelled to focus on serious topics though. I approach the show like I approach hanging out with my friends. Sometimes the things we talk about are very dumb. Occasionally we are accidentally smart.”

But his stunning ratings didn’t just happen.

“We work very hard,” he said.

7 comments Add your comment

KThomp

December 3rd, 2012
7:29 pm

What is filming off of Peachtree Dunwoody/ Roswell and northland in that big Italian looking mansion on the hill? “Set” signs everywhere. Film crews in that Y soccer lot. Newks in Bookhaven is doing a catering order for 200+ ppl. Has to be for the same thing, I’d think? Thanks!

Jennifer Brett

December 4th, 2012
9:42 am

I believe that is the Lifetime show Devious Maids. I was over that way last week to investigate. I will double check for you. With so much filming going on it can be hard to keep all the various projects straight!

Jennifer

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Joseph

December 4th, 2012
3:52 pm

This is a mistake; ratings for both Jimmy Kimmel and “Nightline” will suffer greatly.

By this time next year, “Nightline” will be back at 11:30 P.M., and Kimmel will be back at 12 Midnight!

David

December 4th, 2012
6:41 pm

Jimmy Kimmel is much funnier than Leno or Letterman. I think he will do fine at that time.