Apparently, the closeness of the Super Bowl does not have a great effect on television ratings.
Sunday's game, in which San Francisco edged Cincinnati, 20-16, drew an average overnight Nielsen rating of 42.7 and a share of 65 in the nation's 17 largest markets, according to NBC.
Last year's Super Bowl, in which Washington routed Denver, 42-10, drew an overnight rating of 41.2--only 3% lower than this year's--and a 60 share.
The final national rating will be announced later in the week.
In Los Angeles, this year's Super Bowl rating was a 42.4 and the share a 72, compared to a 42.8 and a 66 for last year's game.