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. The ratings bonanza for Colbert’s chatfest is expected to be enormous.
While Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” was produced from Phoenix after Super Bowl XLIX last February, it only was broadcast after theJames Spaderdrama series “The Blacklist” and NBC stations’ late local news.
CBS announced the Colbert news Monday, along with reporting a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” will air after the CBS stations’ late local news broadcasts — set to follow “The Late Show.”
Post-Super-Bowl broadcasts churn up record ratings for the show lucky enough to get the slot. Due to the ratings powerhouse that was the Super Bowl,”The Blacklist”delivered its best-ever ratings that included more than 26 million viewers. 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.