CBS Picks Its Post-Super Bowl Programming: New Competition Series The World’s Best

James Corden will host, alongside judges Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and Faith Hill

The World's Best will debut after Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3. Monty Brinton/CBS
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CBS has settled on its programming to follow Super Bowl LIII on Sunday, Feb. 3.

The network will debut The World’s Best, its new global talent competition hosted by James Corden, which will showcase “elite acts from around the world,” said CBS. Judges include actress Drew Barrymore, RuPaul Charles and singer Faith Hill.

“What a super combination: the world’s biggest sporting event paired with the world’s biggest talent competition,” said CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl in a statement. “The World’s Best is perfect post-Super Bowl programming for viewers of all ages. It features elite acts from around the world delivering jaw-dropping performances, a talented mix of fan-favorite judges and is produced by the most innovative minds in television, Mike Darnell, Mark Burnett, Ben Winston and James Corden, who also serves as our brilliant host.”

In addition to impressing the three judges, acts looking to advance in the competition will need to gain the approval of the “wall of the world”: 50 global experts from “every field of entertainment,” according to the network.

The 10-episode series will be produced by Mark Burnett (Survivor and The Voice) and Mike Darnell (American Idol and Ellen’s Game of Games).

Fox and NBC usually pick scripted shows as their respective post-Super Bowl programming—NBC aired This Is Us in February, while Fox broadcast 24: Legacy in 2017—but this is the second consecutive time that CBS has looked outside the scripted space. In 2016, the network aired a live telecast of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which at the time had yet to catch fire in the ratings, followed by The Late Late Show With James Corden.

The Super Bowl slot ensures that a significant number of eyeballs will be watching The World’s Best’s debut. This Is Us’ post-Super Bowl episode averaged 27.0 million viewers, while CBS’ Late Show Super Bowl episode in 2016 drew 21.1 million viewers and averaged a 7.9 demo rating.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.
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