The Bears have fallen off on the field since their appearance in Super Bowl XLI, but that hasn't made them any less of a draw in prime time.
The Sports Business Journal broke down the numbers for prime time audiences on a team-by-team basis since 2006 on NBC and ESPN, detailing the activity for Sunday and Monday night time slots. The Bears came in fourth place, averaging 16.316 million for their 14 prime-time games in that period, according to the report.
They trailed only Dallas (19.152 millions), Indianapolis (16.664 million) and the New York Giants (16.599 million). Interestingly, the Cowboys top the list despite having not won a playoff game in 13 seasons. It's a real testament to the star appeal of the team that wears a star on the side of its helmet.
With 14 prime-time appearances, the Bears are tied with four other teams (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Denver) for fourth. The Colts are tops with 17 followed by Dallas (16) and the Giants (15).
Rounding out the top 10 are New England, Philadelphia, Green Bay, Kansas City (only one appearance), Pittsburgh and Washington.