Kanye West Twitter: Kimmel Appearance Boosts Show's Ratings [VIDEO]
Kanye West's appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night did more than smooth over differences between the rapper and host, drawing a 1.2 rating in the advertising premium 18-49 age group demographic in the 25 markets with local people meters, according to Nielsen's early numbers. The rating bested those reported by rivals The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (0.7) and The Late Show With David Letterman (0.5).
While encouraging, these local people meter numbers also "skew towards the younger demographics," according to the LA Times.
Kimmel's Wednesday show received the best numbers the program has ever fetched in the 18-49 demographic since moving to its 11:35 p.m. time slot last year (excluding the telecasts aided by the NBA Finals). West's guest spot could not help Kimmel beat Leno in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, however. Leno received a 2.6 household rating, while Kimmel reported a 2.5 and Letterman got a 2.4.
The West-Kimmel spat took an odd turn when the rapper decided to appear on Kimmel's show days after posting a series of bizarre all-caps tweets directed at the host after Kimmel mocked the rapper's recent interview with the BBC's Zane Lowe.
"JIMMY KIMMEL IS OUT OF LINE TO TRY AND SPOOF IN ANY WAY THE FIRST PIECE OF HONEST MEDIA IN YEARS," West tweeted.
"JIMMY KIMMEL, I DON'T TAKE IT AS A JOKE.... YOU DON'T HAVE SCUM BAGS HOPPING OVER FENCES TRYING TO TAKE PICTURES OF YOUR DAUGHTER. JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES ... OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD P***Y IN YOUR LIFE..."
"SHOULD I DO A SPOOF ABOUT YOUR FACE OR YOU F***ING BEN AFFLECK...#NODISRESPECTTOBENAFFLECK #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL!!!!"
Kimmel addressed West's tweets during the Sept. 26 show.
"Did anyone else get a very angry phone call from Kanye West about an hour and a half ago? Just me? OK. I didn't know if he was mad at all of us," Kimmel said in his opening monologue. Finally, I'm in a rap feud," he added. "I always wanted to be in a rap feud."
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