The Super Bowl Is Stephen Colbert's Opening Act, and He's Ready to Make the Most of It

Sunday may bring his biggest audience ever

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CBS should have no problem drawing at least 110 million viewers to its Super Bowl 50 broadcast on Feb. 7, but the network has even grander ambitions for what could turn out to be a record-breaking audience. For the first time, the network has given over its coveted post-Super Bowl slot not to one of its prime-time series, but to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the biggest spotlight ever for a late-night broadcast.

It's a huge vote of confidence in—and an even bigger opportunity for—Colbert, who has accomplished nearly everything that CBS hoped for since he left Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, on which he satirized conservative hosts like Bill O'Reilly for nine years, to take over for David Letterman, who retired last May.

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