Super Bowl: Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show,’ James Corden Land Post-Game Slots

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CBS aims to give a Super Bowl boost to its late-night lineup, setting a live edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” to air after the NFL championship game on Feb. 7.

“The Late Late Show with James Corden” will also be showcased in a special Sunday episode to air after CBS affiliates’ local newscasts.

The “Late Show” telecast marks the first time one of the Big Three networks’ late-night variety series has aired after the Super Bowl, which is typically the highest-rated telecast of the year. Colbert took over the “Late Show” reins in September following David Letterman’s sign-off in May. Corden moved into the “Late Late Show” slot in March following Craig Ferguson’s exit in December.

“It’s been a very big year in late night at CBS,” said CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller. “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.”

CBS’ late-night fortunes have improved in the Colbert-Corden era as both shows are drawing a younger audience than their predecessors. But the post-Super Bowl pedestal will undoubtedly expose both to viewers who would not otherwise sample the CBS late-night duo. NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has maintained a comfortable lead in the 11:35 p.m. slot over “Late Show” and ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

ABC has used its annual Academy Awards telecast to put a spotlight on Kimmel with a special post-Oscars Sunday telecast.

The most-watched post-Super Bowl telecast of the past 10 years was CBS’ premiere of “Undercover Boss,” which averaged 38.7 million viewers in 2010, according to Nielsen.

The lowest-rated of the past 10 years was CBS’ special edition of drama series “Elementary,” which drew 20.9 million viewers in 2013. The biggest post-Bowl telecast of the past 25 years remains NBC’s special episode of “Friends,” which played to 52.9 million viewers in 1996.

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  1. I watched the 1st Colbert show, went “heh” and went back to Jimmy.

  2. wendi berns says:

    Desperate move by CBS for their failing talk show hosts,Colbert&Cordon.Why was Dave Letterman never given this slot after CBS aired previous Super Bowls?He was on 22 years! I know Dave would have been sensational. But to give this slot to Colbert? Sorry,will be a huge fail. Colbert is not funny&makes us miss Dave more&more every night. His act is stupid,stale&dull. Dave was a broadcaster&a host&was simply brilliant. Colbert&Corden are pathetic. Recently,Colbert’s ratings are lower than Kimmel! Desperate move CBS!!

  3. I would love to see the live Colbert show. I wonder how to get tickets. You cannot get them on the CBS site yet.

  4. Larry Salvo says:

    Colbert is too much of a clown. Childish humor

  5. Desperation move by CBS trying to raise the disappointing ratings for Colbert and Corden. Can’t imagine they paid Colbert all that money for 2nd place — at this point he’s likely to end up in a race with Kimmel more than ever challenging Fallon. As for Corden, he’s simply awful, making Ferguson look like a talk show master class by comparison.

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