Jimmy Kimmel has signed a contract extension with ABC that will keep him at the network through 2017.
The new deal extends the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host’s contract by two years, the New York Times reports; it had previously been scheduled to end in 2015. “JKL” is in its 11th season on ABC and has two years under its belt at 11:35 p.m. following nine-plus seasons at midnight.
Kimmel’s audience has grown steadily in recent years and took a jump when “Live” moved to earlier in the night. The show is up 13 percent in adults 18-49 vs. last season and up 16 percent in viewers.
“JKL” trails “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” among adults 18-49. but leads CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” in the demo. When Letterman retires in 2015, Kimmel will become the longest-tenured host of a broadcast network’s flagship late-night show.