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Stephen Colbert makes history by landing post-Super Bowl slot

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For the first time in history, a late-night talk show will air after the Super Bowl. 

CBS will air a special live episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the biggest TV event of the year.  

On Sunday, Feb. 7, CBS will cover Super Bowl 50 from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, then Colbert will get what will almost certainly be the biggest audience of his career in a Late Show episode from the Ed Sullivan Theater. This will also represent the first time a live entertainment series has immediately followed the big game (late night shows Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson have aired the same night as the Super Bowl, but only after a scripted show aired first).  

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After Colbert, CBS will throw to local news, and then will have a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of The Late Late Show With James Corden.

“It’s been a very big year in late night at CBS,” said Glenn Geller, president, CBS Entertainment. “We’re extremely proud of our two new late-night franchises, and we’re thrilled to give Stephen and James this big Super Bowl Sunday showcase.”

Super Bowl lead-out programs in recent years include NBC’s The Blacklist (2015), Fox’s New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2014), CBS’ Elementary (2013) and NBC’s The Voice (2012). 

Colbert and Corden both took over their respective shows earlier this year. Colbert, who previously host Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, has averaged 3.3 million viewers since starting in September, up 20 percent from the same period last year during David Letterman’s final lap as the show’s host. Colbert is also up 60 percent in adults 18–49. Corden, a relative newcomer to U.S. audiences, has averaged 1.3 million viewers since debuting in March.

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