Kimmel, 46, has presided over the show for 11 seasons. He
moved to an earlier, high-visibility 11:35 p.m. time slot in
January 2013, where ratings increased despite head-to-head
competition from veteran David Letterman on CBS and NBC's
"Tonight Show," which Jay Leno left earlier this year.
Walt Disney Co-owned ABC confirmed Kimmel's extension and will
formally announce it later on Tuesday, an important endorsement
of Kimmel's late-night formula as competing networks swap out
veterans for younger hosts.
Jimmy Fallon took over the "Tonight Show" from long-serving host
Leno in February and has been well received, while Letterman is
due to step down from CBS' "Late Show" in 2015. He will be
replaced by Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Mary Milliken and
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