Coldplay will perform in front of roughly 115 million people on Feb. 7.

The band will perform at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show, which will air on CBS. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The band was reportedly a finalist to play the 2015 halftime show as well, a gig that ultimately went to Katy Perry. Reports in the summer of 2014 said Perry, Coldplay and Rihanna were finalists for the show — and that the NFL was asking them to pay for the privilege of performing in front of such a huge TV audience.

The 2015 Super Bowl averaged 114.4 million viewers, a record for U.S. TV viewership. The halftime show was seen by 118.5 million people.

CBS will follow its coverage of Super Bowl 50 with a live edition of “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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