Bears also win in the ratings

The Bears weren’t the only winners in yesterday’s NFC Championship Game.

Fox’s ratings for the event were up 21 percent from last year’s Carolina Panthers-Seattle Seahawks tilt. The Chicago Bears-New Orleans Saints game drew a whopping 25.1 rating and 42 share, and it drew 43.2 million viewers, the most in 10 years.

And yes, like the AFC Championship Game that played later that evening, it outdrew the season premiere of American Idol.

Locally, Fox-owned WFLD-TV scored a huge 46.1/74, the highest ratings for the station since the White Sox’s 2005 World Series run. The game peaked with a 50.5 rating between 5 and 5:15pm, at the end of the game.

The Super Bowl will be a big boon for CBS-owned WBBM-TV, which scored huge ratings back in the day when it had NFC games and the Bears were on their first Super Bowl run, and for LIN’s CBS affiliate in Indianapolis, WISH-TV where they currently carry Colts’ regular-season games. Last night’s AFC Championship Game on WISH averaged a 38.9/56.

And finally, as witnessed by yours truly, one of the most bizarre reports I have ever seen came during WFLD’s post-game show (scroll down a few paragraphs.). Byron Harlan, one of the station’s reporters, was out interviewing fans outside Soldier Field when he asked somebody “Do you love the Black Man?”, referring to Lovie Smith being the first African-American to take a team to the Super Bowl:

Harlan: “Do you love the Black man?”

Man: “Yes!”

Harlan: “He loves the Black man! He loves the Black man!”

Then, somebody turned on a boombox and played “The Super Bowl Shuffle”, and Harlan encouraged them to form a Soul Train line. (That’s right. You heard me.)

When they went back to the studio, Corey McPherin and Tom Waddle looked somewhat stunned.

Strange, but funny as hell. Somebody send this to TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes!