NEW YORK — As of 12:05 a.m. (EDT) today, ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was finally cleared to air on WJLA, the ABC affil in the nation’s capital.
Station is owned by Allbritton Communications, which cleared Kimmel’s show on five of its other ABC affil stations in Birmingham, Ala.; Charleston, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Little Rock, Ark.; Lynchburg, Va.; and Tulsa, Okla. Allbritton’s decision added 5.3 million viewers to the pool of viewers able to watch Kimmel’s show, which bowed last year.
In announcing the clearances, ABC Television Network senior VP of affil relations John Rouse and ABC Entertainment senior VP of alternative series and specials Andrea Wong said “Kimmel Live” now reaches 94% of U.S. television households.
The additional Allbritton stations represented 4.9% of U.S. television households.
“Kimmel Live” is broadcast from Hollywood and is produced by Jackhole Industries in association with Touchstone Television. Kimmel is exec producer, while Jason Schrift is co-exec producer. ABC exec in charge of production is Duncan Gray.
Previously airing on WJLA during that time period were “Extra” and “Celebrity Justice.”