The Late Night Competition Heats Up

For years now, the battle for late night ratings on national network broadcast television has been defined by The Tonight Show vs. The Late Show.  Now, Jay Leno and David Letterman have a new head-on competitor for their audience.  Beginning Tuesday, January 8, 2013, ABC is moving its popular talkshow Jimmy Kimmel Live to the 11:35 p.m. timeslot.  That's bad news for fans of Nightline, which has become a casualty of the move, but it's good news for anyone who likes the late night talk show format.

NBC is playing some shenanigans with its start time to manipulate the already suspect Nielsen numbers, but I'm still rooting for Kimmel. I've always liked Letterman, but I've earned a lot of respect for Kimmel's humor and professionalism lately, and since Leno and NBC disrespected Conan O'Brien, the venerable Tonight Show has lost some of its luster and appeal.

Tune in and judge for yourselves if Jimmy Kimmel Live is the funniest show on late night.  Let the next phase in the Late Night Wars commence!