Kimmel rates second in earlier time slot

FILE - This Nov. 12, 2012 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party at Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel  in West Hollywood, Calif. Kimmel went head-to-head Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, for the first time against CBS Late Show with David Letterman and NBCs Tonight Show with Jay Leno. According to Nielsen fast national ratings, Kimmel edged out Letterman and ran slightly behind Leno in total viewers.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, file)
FILE - This Nov. 12, 2012 file photo shows Jimmy Kimmel at the TV Guide Magazine's 2012 Hot List Party at Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. Kimmel went head-to-head Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, for the first time against CBS Late Show with David Letterman and NBCs Tonight Show with Jay Leno. According to Nielsen fast national ratings, Kimmel edged out Letterman and ran slightly behind Leno in total viewers. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP, file)

ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has gotten a warm welcome on its first night airing 30 minutes earlier.

Kimmel went head-to-head Tuesday for the first time against CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” According to Nielsen fast national ratings, Kimmel edged out Letterman and ran slightly behind Leno in total viewers.

Tuesday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was seen by roughly 3 million viewers, only 177,000 fewer than Leno’s audience.