View Full Version : Colts-Bears draws No. 3 audience of all time

tony hipchest
02-06-2007, 11:44 AM

the masses have spoken. down with the patriots (theyre bad for business). next years rematch of the colts and steelers in the title game should best rated champ game ever.

NFL.com wire reports

NEW YORK (Feb. 5, 2007) -- Peyton Manning had a lot of witnesses to his soggy super victory, with the estimated 93.2 million viewers representing the second most-watched Super Bowl broadcast ever.

Only the 1996 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh, which had 94.1 million viewers, had a bigger audience, according to Nielsen Media Research on Monday. Behind that 1996 game and the M*A*S*H series finale, Super Bowl XLI was the third most-watched program in television history.

The presence of one of the game's most popular players in Manning, the Indianapolis Colts' quarterback and a major-market team from Chicago undoubtedly juiced the ratings.

It was the highest-rated Super Bowl game since St. Louis-Tennessee in 2000. The viewership is higher this year even though the ratings are lower than in 2000 because there are more homes now with television sets.

The Colts beat the Bears 29-17 in a game played during a driving rainstorm in Miami. It was shown on CBS, a division of CBS Corp.

The Super Bowl last year between Pittsburgh and Seattle drew 90.7 million viewers.

Despite the huge audience, the Super Bowl didn't provide much of a jolt to the CBS drama Criminal Minds, which was given the choice time slot following the game. Criminal Minds was seen by 26.2 million viewers. While that's the biggest audience the second-year show has ever delivered, it dwarfs the 38.1 million people who saw Grey's Anatomy after ABC's telecast of the game last year.

According to another measuring service, the most-watched moment of the CBS broadcast wasn't Manning's lone touchdown pass, the interception and touchdown run by Kelvin Hayden or even Prince's electrifying halftime show. It was the Bud Light ad featuring Carlos Mencia and a language class, according to Tivo.

The digital recorder company's measurement includes not only people who watched the commercial live, but those who froze the set and went back and watched the commercial, said Todd Juenger, vice president and general manager for audience research.

More viewers with digital recorders tend to replay the Super Bowl commercials than game action perhaps because broadcasters offer plenty of replays of game action on their own, he said.

The most popular minute of the actual game, representing most Tivo replays, was after a personal foul was committed following an Indianapolis kickoff in the third quarter, he said.

The Associated Press News Service

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02-06-2007, 12:26 PM
Latest estimates show that the ratings could have been considerably higher....but a large number of Pumped-up Chicago "fans" turned the channel after being surprised to find out that the Superbowl was a football game.

02-06-2007, 02:17 PM
The power of the NFL. American Idol is the most popular show on TV, and it premiered around 37 million. CSI, Grey's and those Deperate Houswives pull in a little over 20 million. The Super Bowl ...... amazing ... it really is a national holiday.

Still, those numbers are always a bit misleading as they apply to past Super Bowls. There are a lot more people with access to a TV today than there were 20 or 30 years ago. Even if more and more have turned away from regular network TV, the Super Bowl can still bring them back. Makes you appreciate how big that Mash finalie really was though.