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CBS hasn’t been quick over the last two months to announce which show will air in the coveted post-Super Bowl slot this winter. With just a few months until Super Bowl 50 hits the schedule, it seemed likely the network would announce its pick sooner rather than later, and this morning the channel hit us with a doozy. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air in CBS’ post-Super Bowl slot, becoming the first ever late night series to achieve the honor.
It gets even cooler. After the big game, CBS is actually set to air a live episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That’s actually not a first, as other late night programs have done live shows before. However, live TV always has an “anything could happen” factor going for it, making the episode an even more exciting prospect for the Super Bowl 50 follow-up. The episode is expected to begin airing at 10 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. PT on February 7, 2016, although sporting events can be unpredictable, so that time could very well change the evening of the game.
The news is still surprising, considering CBS has some young-skewing, exciting new projects in the schedule this year, including Supergirl and Limitless, both flashy new dramas with big names attached. In addition, a lot of times networks use that post-Super Bowl slot to further pump up an already popular series, which theoretically means that the likes of The Big Bang Theory, Mom or even Scorpion could totally have landed the slot. However, CBS’ comments today make it seem a little more clear why the network is putting so much support behind The Late Show. Since Stephen Colbert took over, The Late Show has grown 20% in the ratings, and in digital streams has increased a whopping 2,100%.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that CBS had hoped to give Supergirl the coveted slot, but in lieu of the show’s rapidly decreasing ratings, the network perhaps decided to change its mind. Obviously, we have no idea if that’s where the network’s head is actually at, but even if The Late Show with Stephen Colbert wasn’t the network’s first choice, it’s still an incredibly interesting prospect.
Currently, a lot is still up in the air related to Super Bowl 50. We’re not even that close to playoff time, yet, and the halftime show has not been announced, although the likes of Maroon 5 and the potential for a Bruno Mars repeat have been bandied about as possibilities.
Super Bowl 50 will air from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday, February 7, 2016, live on CBS. The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will air live from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York as soon as the game has ended. Finally, a brand new episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden will follow. Stay tuned for further details, including special guests.