Ratings: Super Bowl kicks off

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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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