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An average game but still Super ratings

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CHICAGO (KRT) -- The Super Bowl is indeed Teflon.

A bad game featuring two relatively uninteresting teams should have meant doom and gloom for Pete Rozelle's creation. It didn't.

The game did a "fast national" rating of 41.6 with a 62 share on ABC (one ratings point is worth just over 1 million homes and share is the percentage of televisions tuned into the broadcast). Final data will be available Tuesday, but the numbers won't change much.

Before the game, there were predictions that the least-anticipated Super Bowl in recent memory could fail to deliver a 40 rating, which would be a first since 1971. As it turned out, an estimated 141,400,000 people tuned into a portion of the game, the second most in TV history behind the final episode of M*A*S*H in 1983.

The Super Bowl just keeps getting bigger. It's an event, not just a game.

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