The Super Bowl battle between the Washington Redskins and the Denver Broncos was seen by an estimated 105 million viewers, ABC said Monday, but the overnight Nielsen ratings from 15 major cities indicated that the football championship had a smaller audience than last year.
Sunday's game, which Washington won 42-10, averaged a 41.2 rating and attracted 60% of the available viewers in the 15 cities where ratings are available the following day. National ratings will be available today.
Last year's Super Bowl between Denver and the New York Giants garnered a 48.3 rating and was seen by about 120 million people. The record Super Bowl rating is a 49.1 for 1982's battle between San Francisco and Cincinnati.
In Washington, Sunday's Super Bowl won a 55.2 rating and 78% share of the people watching TV at that time. The game did even better in Denver, with a 57.9 rating and an 87 share.