David Letterman hasn’t said anything yet about the latest rumors of the departure of his longtime rival Jay Leno from The Tonight Show and his likely replacement Jimmy Fallon. But the other late-night host, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview to run today that he thinks the Fallon move “makes perfect sense.” “NBC is looking to move on, because they did it once already. This would be the second time that this has happened,” Kimmel told Tapper. Kimmel, who’s been critical of Leno in the not so distant past, joked that he hoped the supposed moves are a result of him shifting to the 11:35 PM slot earlier this year. But he might be looking forward to facing Fallon for serious reasons: While debuting strong in its new slot January 8, Jimmy Kimmel Live hasn’t been able to overcome Leno in total viewership and only beat him on a few occasions in the key adults 18-49 demo. On average over his first 10 weeks in his new slot, Kimmel has been 81,000 18-49 viewers behind Leno while besting Letterman by 65,000 in the demo. Here’s Kimmel on CNN:
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