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David Letterman lands Russell Wilson, George Clooney for sweeps month

Quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks is headed to “The Late Show with David Letterman” after winning the 2014 Super Bowl.
Quarterback Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks is headed to “The Late Show with David Letterman” after winning the 2014 Super Bowl.
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The first full week of February sweeps begins on Monday and David Letterman is poised to pull in viewers by the millions by landing guest appearances by Russell Wilson, quarterback of the 2014 Super Bowl world champions, and mega Hollywood heavyweight, George Clooney. As posted by TV By the Numbers on Feb. 2, Wilson will chat about beating the Denver Broncos by a score of 43-8 and winning the first World Championship title in the franchise’s history. The highly anticipated appearance will mark the tenth consecutive year that a Super Bowl quarterback has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” after winning the big game.

Although the Super Bowl MVP Award went to Seahawks’ linebacker Malcolm Smith, quarterback Russell Wilson left his mark on the game by completing 18 of 25 passes for 206 total yards and two touchdowns. Russell also ran for 26 yards in three rushes.

George Clooney is also set to head to “The Late Show” this week to sit down with David Letterman. The 52-year-old A-lister recently spoke to the “NY Daily News” about his movie “Gravity,” working with Sandra Bullock, and being the butt of Amy Poehler’s joke during last month’s Golden Globe Awards. It’s anyone’s guess what Clooney will tell David Letterman, but fans are anxious to hear what he has to say.

The all-important February ratings period began on Jan. 28, but Monday marks the beginning of the first full week. In addition to landing Russell Wilson and George Clooney, David Letterman kicks off a week of musical performances that pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

According to “Billboard,” Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will return to the Ed Sullivan Theater to be interviewed by David Letterman for the CBS TV special titled “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.” It’s set to air on Feb. 9, exactly 50 years to the day of The Beatles’ legendary American TV appearance.

It’s all good news for Letterman fans. With Russell Wilson, George Clooney and The Beatles in his pocket, it looks like Dave is set to score a game-winning touchdown in February.

Below are David Letterman’s guests for the week of Feb. 3-7, 2014:

  • Monday, Feb. 3: Russell Wilson, Will Arnett and musical guest Broken Bells
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: George Clooney and Sting
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5: Matt Damon and Lenny Kravitz
  • Thursday, Feb. 6: Michael Keaton and The Flaming Lips
  • Friday, Feb. 7: Amy Adams

“The Late Show with David Letterman” airs Monday-Friday at 11:35 p.m. EST on CBS.

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