Ratings: Super Bowl kicks off

CBS's Sunday telecast of Super Bowl XLI, which pitted the Chicago Bears against the Indianapolis Colts, scored a 42.6 rating/64 share, according to Nielsen Research. That's up slightly from the 42.1 rating/62 share last year's Pittsburgh-Seattle match-up earned on ABC.

An average 93.1 million viewers tuned into the gridfiron battle, up 3 percent from last year's game. Super Bowl XLI is the second most-watched Super Bowl, after the 1996 Dallas Cowb oys-Pittsburgh Steelers game, and the third most watched telecast ever, the first being the final episode of M*A*S*H* in 1983.

Yesterday's game started out at a 38.2 rating/62 share at the 6:30 p.m. EST kickoff and rose to a peak between 9-9:30 p.m. to 45/65. The Colts won the game, 29-17.

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That's great news for the super bowl - but what about the ratings for the outstanding Criminal Minds episode that followed? Did CBS's stunt pay off. If anybody did not see this episode you missed one of the best episodes so far this season.
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No surpise.
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I watched and I don't usually. I enjoyed the game, the pre-game with Little Louie Vega, half-time, and a lot of the commercials. It was a good day all around.
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SEAHAWKS!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo glad the Colts won. Peyton Deserves it.
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The Bears should have won! I can't believe they weren't even trying the second half.
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I am glad the Colts finally won. Bought time they did.
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Grossman choked !!
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Patriots got cheated. I didn't watch.
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Bengals all the way..........to jail that is
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addai for mvp!!!
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Grossman sux! go patriots!!!
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wow! that's very nice!
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GO COLTS!!! DALLAS CLARK AND BOB SANDERS ROCK MY SOCKS OFF
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True, the RB deserved Co-MVP.
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It makes sense, that was a good game.
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Go Giants. The game was great but CBS has to most boring 4 anouncers on television. I want Fox to run the superbowl next year.
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haha bears suck
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MVP should have went to the colts running backs. They did more for the team than Manning in this game. It seemed every time a first down was picked up on 3rd down, we heard Addai's name called.
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Too bad all those people got to see the wrong team win.
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Manning finally won the big game and got MVP to boot ... is that enough to silence the critics?



Here's hoping.
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go niners
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Go Seahawks!
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