Find Out Which Show Landed the Coveted Post-Super Bowl Time Slot—and Is …

12 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

CBS gives post-Super Bowl slot to Stephen Colbert.

Next year, millions of viewers will be spending their post-Super Bowl time with late-night host Stephen Colbert. Thanks to CBS airing Super Bowl 50, Stephen Colbert’s “The Late Show” will become the first late-night TV show to air live immediately after the game.NEW YORK (CBS) – CBS announced today that a live edition of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” will be broadcast immediately following “Super Bowl 50” on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert’s “Late Show” will air after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show.

While Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” was produced from Phoenix after Super Bowl XLIX last February, it only was broadcast after the drama series “The Blacklist” and NBC stations’ late local news. The network could be hoping to catch up with its late-night competition, NBC’s “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Fallon brings in about 3.8 million viewers compared to Colbert’s 3.3 million, while ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” trails the pack at 2.5 million.

Colbert, who previously host Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, has averaged 3.3 million viewers since starting in September, up 20 percent from the same period last year during David Letterman’s final lap as the show’s host. Due to the ratings powerhouse that was the Super Bowl,”The Blacklist,” starring James Spader, delivered its best-ever ratings that included more than 26 million viewers. Other Super Bowl lead-outs have included NBC’s “The Blacklist” (2015), Fox’s “Glee” (2011) and “The Simpsons” (2005 and 1999), and CBS’s “60 Minutes” during four different years. Those numbers made the drama crime series the most-watched series on NBC since “ER” racked up 28.3 million viewers following the “Friends” final episode in May, 2004.

Meanwhile, Colbert is doing well in the ratings compared to his predecessor Letterman, but Jimmy Fallon of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” is still number one. While Colbert’s ratings are good, particularly compared to what Letterman used to get for viewers ages 18-49, perhaps CBS is hoping to give Colbert an extra bit of visibility with this post-Super Bowl show. It’s interesting that CBS didn’t give this slot to drama “Supergirl.” The ratings for the superhero show have slid, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if the network decided to remind viewers “Supergirl” is on by putting it after the game.

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