‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ wins TV’s first-ever J.D. Power Award

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel Live! has just become the most reliable mid-sized late-night show in the business. 

During Monday night's monologue, host Jimmy Kimmel said his show has won a lot of awards but one has always eluded them: the J.D. Power Award for customer satisfaction. Although the award is typically reserved for products like cars, Kimmel made it his mission to become the first television show to earn the prize.

"I can't win a J.P. Power Award because I'm not an SUV?" Kimmel said. "I thought this was America."

Kimmel first sat down with J.D. Power CEO Dave Habiger to discuss why his show should win the award.  For example, he explained that like a car, his interior is very "roomy," but thinks the show really excels in the area of affordability since it's free to watch. 

Kimmel even attempted to bribe Habiger by sliding a bulky envelope -- presumably filled with cash -- across the table. 

The two then came to an agreement. For the past two weeks, two 'data scientists' supposedly scrutinized the show to measure Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s "customer" experience. 

In the end, Habiger returned to the stage and awarded Kimmel the first J.D. Power Award for a TV show, calling it "the most reliable mid-sized late-night show." 

And yes, it's apparently real.  Although at the end of the segment was the disclaimer, "This award was given solely on eligibility and was not based on scientific research.”  

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:30 p.m. on ABC. 

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