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In Brief : Super Bowl Posts Viewer Increase

From Times wire services

There was a viewer increase for San Francisco’s Super Bowl victory over Cincinnati from the previous year according to overnight ratings, an NBC-TV spokesman said today.

The rating for the game was 42.7 compared to 41.6, an increase of 3% over the rating for Washington’s trouncing of Denver, which was televised by ABC, said Kevin Monaghan, director, sports information. The 1988 game was the lowest-rated Super Bowl since 1974.

The share Sunday was 65%, compared to 60% a year ago, Monaghan said.

The rating is the percentage of television sets in the market. The share is the percentage of sets on at the time.

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Overnight ratings are based on 17 of the top markets. Monaghan said the national ratings will be available Tuesday.

Other overnight ratings were 14.4 against a 14.5 last year for the pregame show and a 33.4 contrasted with a 25.0 for the postgame show.


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