Kimmel plays down expectations

Jimmy Kimmel (WENN.COM)

Jimmy Kimmel (WENN.COM)

Bill Harris, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:02 PM ET

A few years ago on Family Guy, Peter Griffin was contemplating a quiet evening at home.

"We'll stay in tonight, pop some popcorn and watch Jimmy Kimmel try," Peter said.

Jimmy Kimmel has gone from trying to flying.

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live moved from midnight to 11:35 p.m. last week, putting it in direct competition with The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC and The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. For one week at least, Kimmel was the ratings winner.

"Don't get used to it," said Kimmel, who worships Letterman but decidedly does not worship Leno.

"Honestly, I think that ultimately we'll end up being the No. 3 talk show."

Kimmel's management of expectations aside, the fact that he's in the conversation is a testament to his perseverance individually and, frankly, the high quality of his show.

 


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