Colbert Snags a Slot on CBS After the Super Bowl, Just Not Right After

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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air at 11:35 p.m. the night of the Super Bowl. CBS
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The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will air after Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3, though the time slot immediately after the Big Game is devoted to a new competition series from CBS.

Colbert’s show will broadcast from 11:35 p.m. ET to 12:37 a.m., right after local news. Guests have not yet been announced.

Colbert managed to secure the slot—the one right after the Super Bowl—in 2016, to much fanfare. That episode, featuring Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Margot Robbie, attracted 21.1 million viewers. The show now boasts an average of over 3.5 million viewers.

The Late Late Show With James Corden previously aired after local news following the Super Bowl.

Immediately after this year’s game, a new competition series called The World’s Best, which features Corden as host, will make its debut. The 10-episode series will highlight “elite acts from around the world,” CBS previously announced. The global talent competition will be judged by Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill, with global experts across entertainment fields will also weigh in on the performances, according to CBS.

Programming during the coveted time slot has taken off before, including This is Us’ Crock-Pot episode after the 2018 Super Bowl.


@SaraJerde sara.jerde@adweek.com Sara Jerde is publishing editor at Adweek, where she covers traditional and digital publishers’ business models. She also oversees political coverage ahead of the 2020 election.
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