Monday, February 05, 2007
93 Million Watch Colts Beat Bears
More than 93 million Americans tuned in CBS last night to watch the Colts beat the Bears in Super Bowl 41. That is the second most viewers ever for the event. Only the 1996 Cowboys-Steelers matchup drew a larger audience. According to the Nielsen ratings, CBS' share for the game came in at 42.6, up from last year and one of the highest ratings recorded for the Super Bowl in recent years. The Nielsen rating for Indianapolis was over 82, slighly higher than the rating for the Chicago market.
A capacity crowd filled the RCA Dome tonight to welcome the Colts home--about 45,000. Seats offering no view of the stage were closed off. Thousands more were turned away. People lining the downtown streets for the parade had a very long wait. The parade started nearly 2 hours late due to a delay in the Colts flight back to Indy. I waited it out in the cold at the corner of Ohio and Meridian, but my camera didn't fare well in the cold. None of the pictures I took turned out. The Starbucks at the Radisson was doing a brisk business as the crowds sought warmth and something hot to drink.