CBS is handing the coveted post-Super Bowl ball to Stephen Colbert, and he’s gonna run with it — live.
Amid much speculation about which CBS series would follow the well-watched NFL championship on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, the network has announced that a live telecast of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert has scored that prime real estate (airing at or around 10/9c). Broadcasting from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, Late Show will be the first late-night program to air in the post-Super Bowl slot.
Last February’s Super Bowl XLIX drew north of 114 million viewers to NBC, almost 27 million of which stuck around for a special airing of The Blacklist.
Then, following your late local news, CBS will air a special edition of The Late Late Show With James Corden (at approximately 11:35 pm). TVLine hears that details on Late Late Show’s broadcast are being worked out, but at minimum Corden will tape toward the end of the big game.
“It’s been a very big year in late night at CBS,” CBS entertainment president Glenn Geller said in a statement. “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.”
What do you think of CBS’ Super move? Did anyone have this in their office pool? (Because we obviously didn’t; see below.)