Jimmy Kimmel by Jordin Althaus/ABC Jimmy Kimmel by Jordin Althaus/ABC

ABC has extended its option with Jimmy Kimmel Live!, keeping the late-night talker on the air through 2010.

Lately, Kimmel's numbers have steadily increased. This past season he surpassed CBS's The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and came within a whisker of NBC's Late Night With Conan O'Brien.

ABC also gave Kimmel some prime time exposure this month, airing a 30-minute version of the show leading into NBA Finals telecasts. - J.R. Whalen