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ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' moves up by 5 min.

Jimmy Kimmel poses for photographers on the red carpet during the arrivals of ABC's 2007-2008 preview in New York, in this May 15, 2007 file photo. (Seth Wenig)

January 21, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Jimmy Kimmel's talk show will be moved up by five minutes as of Feb. 4, according to ABC."Jimmy Kimmel Live!" currently starts at 12:05 a.m. EST, but it'll move to midnight. The show will pick up six minutes in length since its current 1:06 a.m. EST end time will be the same.

The shift benefits Kimmel since his show will start at the same time as other late-night shows. It will give Kimmel a chance to build his audience since the first few minutes is important in determining if a viewer will continue to watch.

The move will cut "Nightline," which had been airing from 11:35 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. EST, to 25 minutes instead of a half-hour.

The news program, however, will gain a series of 13 prime-time episodes, said ABC. The network also intends to trim the commercial time within "Nightline" to largely preserve the program's content, a spokeswoman said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.