LOS ANGELES - 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 Leno in total viewers in the Phoenix market.
Nationwide, he edged out Letterman but fell slightly behind Leno.
Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was seen by roughly 3 million viewers nationwide, only 177,000 fewer than the audience for the "Tonight Show." It beat "Late Show" by 115,000 viewers.
His guests were actress Jennifer Aniston and the band, No Doubt.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" scored its second-largest audience ever while exceeding the average audience in its previous berth by 59 percent.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" previously followed "Nightline." It now starts at 10:35 p.m. after ABC15 News at 10 p.m., followed by "Nightline."