Post-Super Bowl Slot Goes to Colbert in Historic Move
First time the coveted TV slot has gone to a late-night show
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 12, 2015 9:56 AM CST
In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Stephen Colbert participates in the "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Stephen Colbert has landed the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot on CBS this winter. The network said Wednesday that a special edition of Colbert's Late Show will air directly after the Feb. 7 game, the first time that distinction has gone to a late-night show. Late local news will follow Colbert, and then CBS will show a special edition of James Corden's Late Late Show afterward.

The post-Super Bowl slot annually is the most desired in television, since it follows a telecast watched by more than 100 million viewers. If just one-fifth of the people watching the game keep the TV on CBS afterward, it will easily be the largest audience Colbert has faced. (Click to find out Colbert's answer to the "killing baby Hitler" question.)