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Stephen Colbert Nabs Post-Super Bowl Spot

First Late-Night Show to Air After Big Game

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Stephen Colbert has nabbed the highly-coveted post-Super Bowl slot, making it the first time a late-night series will air after the big game.

A special live broadcast of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" will air on CBS immediately following Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. "The Late Late Show with James Corden" will also air a special Super Bowl Sunday edition following the late local news.

Mr. Colbert took over the "Late Show" in September and while he has been able to draw a younger audience than his predecessor David Letterman, NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is still the most-watched late-night show in the 11:35 p.m. slot.

The post-Super Bowl slow has historically delivered massive ratings for whichever program is lucky enough to occupy it, but they don't often persist in the weeks or months that follow.

CBS's "Undercover Boss" averaged nearly 39 million viewers in 2010.

Following the most recent Super Bowl, NBC's "The Blacklist" delivered 25.7 million viewers and an 8.4 rating in the 18-to-49 demo. Through the first six weeks of the current TV season, "The Blacklist" is averaging a 1.5 among 18-to-49-year-olds.

The most watched program following the Super Bowl was in 1996 with the one-hour episode of "Friends," which averaged 52.9 million viewers and a 28.2 in the demo. Later that week it drew 33.6 million viewers, up 11% over its season-to-date average, but returned to the norm after that.

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