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Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards draws its most-watched post-Oscar telecast ever

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards drew an average 4.7 million viewers from 12:44-1:35 a.m. according to preliminary time-zone adjusted fast national ratings. Among all Jimmy Kimmel Live telecasts, the late-night post-Oscar special was the show’s 3rd largest audience overall (behind only its two post-Super Bowl airings). The special was up 9% in total viewers over last year’s special (4.7M vs. 4.3M).

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Sunday March 7, 2010: ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Based on Nielsen’s True Fast National Ratings

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards” Draws its Most-Watched Post-Oscar Telecast Ever

Among All “JKL” Telecasts, “JKL’s” Fifth Post-Oscar Special Attracts the Show’s 3rd Largest Audience Overall, Behind Only its Two Post-Super Bowl Airings

“Jimmy Kimmel Live – After the Academy Awards” (12:44-1:35 a.m.)

On its fifth post-Oscar telecast, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards” was up over the prior year’s telecast for the second year in a row, increasing by 9% in Total Viewers (4.7 million vs. 4.3 million). The late-night program drew its most-watched post-Oscar broadcast ever. Host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed two-time Academy Award-nominated Robert Downey Jr. with a musical performance by Grammy Award winner Keith Urban.

Among all “Jimmy Kimmel Live” telecasts, Sunday’s post-Oscar show drew the show’s largest audience in 4 years – since 2/5/06. In fact, it was “JKL’s” third-largest audience overall, behind only its two post-Super Bowl telecasts (on 1/26/03 and 2/5/06).

Source: Nielsen Media Research, (Live + Same Day Fast National Ratings, 3/7/10), or as dated.