CBS and NBC Are Swapping Super Bowl Telecasts in 2021 and 2022

This will enable NBC to once again pair the big game with the Winter Olympics

CBS, which aired Super Bowl LIII in February, will get the telecast again in two years, instead of the usual three. Getty Images
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The usual Super Bowl network rotation order—CBS, Fox and then NBC—is about to be shaken up.

NBC and CBS have agreed to swap their next Super Bowl telecasts, which means that CBS will broadcast Super Bowl LV in 2021, and NBC will air Super Bowl LVI in 2022, Adweek has confirmed.

The move allows NBCUniversal to once again broadcast the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics in the same month—which last year led to the company raking in $1.4 billion in ad revenue in just 22 days between the two big sporting events.

In turn, the move allows CBS to steer clear of having to compete for Super Bowl ad dollars at the same time NBC is lining up Winter Olympics sponsors.

The swap was first reported by the New York Post.

The move means that CBS will get its next big Super Bowl audience and ad revenue bump in just two years, following this year’s Super Bowl LIII telecast.

Hours before kickoff, CBS confirmed that it had sold out of its Super Bowl ad inventory. The network secured between $5.1 million and $5.3 million per 30-second spot for its Super Bowl ads, according to sources close to negotiations. Kantar Media estimated that CBS yielded $382 million in Super Bowl in-game ad revenue.

NBC, meanwhile, will have to wait four years between Super Bowls, but will be able to once again capitalize on the opportunity to work with brands on both big events, as it did last year.

But before either network gets its next Super Bowl turn, the baton has been passed to Fox, which will air Super Bowl LIV on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

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@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.