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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Feb 06, 2007
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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Feb 06, 2007
No surpise.
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Feb 06, 2007
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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Feb 06, 2007
SEAHAWKS!!!!!!! I'm soooooooo glad the Colts won. Peyton Deserves it.
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Feb 06, 2007
The Bears should have won! I can't believe they weren't even trying the second half.
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Feb 06, 2007
I am glad the Colts finally won. Bought time they did.
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Feb 06, 2007
Grossman choked !!
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Feb 06, 2007
Patriots got cheated. I didn't watch.
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Feb 06, 2007
Bengals all the way..........to jail that is
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Feb 06, 2007
addai for mvp!!!
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Feb 06, 2007
Grossman sux! go patriots!!!
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Feb 06, 2007
wow! that's very nice!
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Feb 06, 2007
GO COLTS!!! DALLAS CLARK AND BOB SANDERS ROCK MY SOCKS OFF
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Feb 06, 2007
True, the RB deserved Co-MVP.
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Feb 06, 2007
It makes sense, that was a good game.
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Feb 06, 2007
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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Feb 06, 2007
haha bears suck
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Feb 05, 2007
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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Feb 05, 2007
Too bad all those people got to see the wrong team win.
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Feb 05, 2007
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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Feb 05, 2007
go niners
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Feb 05, 2007
Go Seahawks!
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