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Kimmel says he expects to run 3rd in late night

The Associated Press, Friday, January 11, 2013, 1:31pm (PST)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jimmy Kimmel says he expects to settle in as the third-rated talk show host in late-night television, even as early ratings suggest he's very competitive in his new time slot.

ABC's funny man is finishing his first week in a new 11:35 p.m. time slot, competing directly with Jay Leno on NBC and David Letterman on CBS.

Kimmel said on Friday that "Jimmy Kimmel Live" has scheduled Matt Damon as a guest on Jan. 24. Kimmel has a long history with Damon, frequently joking at the end of his show that he ran out of time and couldn't get Damon on the air as planned.

Kimmel's show finished third in viewership Thursday but first in the youthful demographic ABC seeks.

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