The Late Show with Stephen Colbert will broadcast three live shows following the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates.  The CBS late-night show will air live on Monday, September 26 after the first POTUS debate, on Tuesday, October 4 after the vice presidential skirmish, and on Wednesday, October 19 after the third presidential debate.  (The second presidential debate is set for October 9, which is a Sunday, when Late Show does not broadcast).

The show’s live broadcasts during the recent Republican and Democratic National Conventions earned stronger ratings and generated some buzz for the franchise that’s experimenting with ways to beef up its ratings. Among the successes to come of those live broadcasts is The Late Show’s most viral clip to date – Jon Stewart taking over the host desk, which has more than 14M YouTube views to date:

Also going over well, Laura Benanti’s appearance as Melania Trump to defend herself against charges of having plagiarized First Lady Michelle Obama during her RNC opening-night address:

Late Show is EP’d by Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell and Jon Stewart.