CBS' 'Late Show' Lands Post-Super Bowl Episode

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Stephen Colbert is headed back to the Super Bowl.

CBS will air a special episode of The Late Show on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3. Colbert's show will air following stations' late local news, about 11:35 p.m. ET/8:35 p.m. PT. The network previously announced that its new talent competition The World's Best, hosted by James Corden, will air immediately after Super Bowl LIII.

The Late Show had the post-game spot the last time CBS aired the Super Bowl in 2016, which resulted in Colbert's most-watched episode ever (20.55 million viewers). It will probably come in considerably under that this time out, since it will be 90 minutes removed from the end of the game.

Earlier this year, a special Tonight Show on Super Bowl Sunday drew 8.41 million viewers and a 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 following local news on NBC stations.  

CBS will also give post-NFL showcases to Magnum P.I. and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The Magnum remake will air right after the network's coverage of the AFC Championship game, around 10 p.m. ET/7 PT Sunday, Jan. 20. A special Late Late Show will follow the local news later that night.

In this decade, the shows airing after the NFL's conference championships have averaged a 4.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 16 million viewers before delayed viewing. Magnum P.I. is averaging a same-day 0.9 in the demo and 6 million viewers this fall.

Guests for both late-night shows will be announced closer to their airdates.