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ABC renews ‘Kimmel’

'Jimmy' lives on at Alphabet

ABC has extended latenight talker “Jimmy Kimmel Live” for a fourth season through 2006.

Kimmel airs in a tough timeslot for ABC at 12:05 a.m. with a lead-in from “Nightline” while NBC’s “Tonight Show With Jay Leno” and CBS’s “Late Night with David Letterman” are already under way.

At 12:30, “Kimmel” trails NBC’s “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and CBS’ “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.”

Nevertheless, “Kimmel” draws an average of 1.5 million viewers a night, and drew its best ratings in nine months during the week of Sept. 5.

“It was an easy decision to make,” said Andrea Wong, exec VP of alternative programming, specials and latenight at ABC. “The show continues to grow creatively, and Jimmy is on top of his game right now.”

A weekly comedy segment “Unnecessary Censorship” pokes fun at the FCC’s crackdown on the media by unnecessarily censoring clips from TV news, political speeches, reality TV and nature shows.

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