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(CNN) — Jimmy Kimmel’s surely hoping that this is a sign of things to come.

The late night host is off to a solid start in his new 11:35 p.m. timeslot. On Tuesday night, his debut in that competitive hour, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” saw its second largest audience with 3.1 million viewers tuning in, according to ABC. On average, the show would draw 1.9 million viewers when it aired at midnight.

But perhaps more important for Jay Leno and David Letterman was how well Kimmel performed against their competing programs.

In terms of total viewers, Leno narrowly edged out Kimmel with 3.27 million watching “The Tonight Show.” Letterman’s “Late Show,” over on CBS, brought in 2.88 million.