Monday, February 05, 2007
CBS FAST RATINGS FOR SUPER BOWL & CRIMINAL MINDS
CBS scores with Super Bowl ratings
According to preliminary results, more people watched Peyton Manning and the Colts win Super Bowl XLI than last year's big game.
By Paul R. La Monica, CNNMoney.com editor at large
February 5 2007: 2:23 PM EST
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Preliminary ratings for Super Bowl XLI showed that more people watched the Indianapolis Colts' victory over the Chicago Bears than last year's game featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks.
According to a statement by CBS (Charts), which televised the game, the Super Bowl earned an average household rating of 42 and share of 63.
This means that 42 percent of all households in the U.S. were tuned into the game and that 63 percent of all households watching TV on Sunday night were watching the game.
These ratings, if they hold, are slightly higher than last year's ratings. And last year's game had been the most-watched Super Bowl since 1996. Last year's game, which aired on Walt Disney (Charts)-owned ABC, averaged a household rating of 41.6 according to Nielsen Media Research, and a household share of 62.
Nearly 90.7 million viewers tuned into Super Bowl XL last year. Figures for the number of viewers for this year's Super Bowl were not immediately available.
CBS also said that preliminary overnight ratings for a special episode of "Criminal Minds," which aired after the game, averaged a 15.3 household rating and 26 share, the highest ratings ever for the show, which usually airs on Wednesday nights at 9PM EST.
The average ratings for "Criminal Minds" this season are a 9.7 household rating and 15 household share, according to Nielsen Media Research.
But the post-Super Bowl episode of "Criminal Minds" did not appear to do nearly as well as last year's "Grey's Anatomy," which aired on ABC after Super Bowl XL. That episode averaged a 34 rating and a 21 share and was watched by 37.9 million viewers.