Late Show With Stephen ColbertFor the first time in history, the Super Bowl will be followed by a late night talk show — and the honor goes to "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert."

CBS announced that a special live episode of its late night show will air immediately after the NFL championship game on Sunday, Feb. 7. The Super Bowl is television's biggest event, and it will likely propel "The Late Show" to its highest ratings ever.

Networks have almost always chosen scripted shows to air after the Super Bowl in an effort to gain new viewers for an important property (the only exceptions have been news programs like "60 Minutes"). Last year, NBC aired "The Black List"; the year before, Fox gave the spot to "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine." Other notable series to get the Super Bowl boost have been "The Voice," "Alias," and "Grey's Anatomy."

After "The Late Show," CBS will air local news and then a special episode of "The Late Late Show With James Corden." Both hosts began their tenures on CBS this year.

"It's been a very big year in late night at CBS," said Glenn Geller, president, CBS Entertainment. "We're extremely proud of our two new late-night franchises, and we're thrilled to give Stephen and James this big Super Bowl Sunday showcase."

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