The show was originally broadcast live. In 2004, due to increasing concerns about offending local affiliates, the show began taping an hour before airtime so network executives can vet it before it goes to air.
On August 21, 2012, ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live will move from 12:00 AM to 11:35 PM broadcast, putting the show up directly against The Tonight Show and The Late Show for the first time since its debut. Nightline, would be moving to 12:35 after Jimmy Kimmel Live. The change is to go into effect in January 2013.