Super Bowl TV viewership lowest since 2009
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By Darren RovellESPN Senior Writer

Super Bowl LII turned into one of the NFL's more memorable games, but fewer Americans were watching.

The Philadelphia Eagles' 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night averaged of 103.4 million viewers on television, according to Nielsen, the lowest Super Bowl viewership since Super Bowl XLIII (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals, 98.7 million) in February 2009.

Philadelphia out-Patriots-ed New England in Super Bowl LII by playing like it had nothing to lose. The Patriots put up arguably the best offensive performance in a loss in NFL history. The Eagles just survived.

Each of the past eight Super Bowls and the 1983 Finale of MASH (106 million viewers) topped Sunday night's average.

"With an all-time Top 10 audience, the Super Bowl once again proved that it's the most dominant and consistent property on television," Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC broadcasting and sports, said in a news release.

The game featured the Patriots trying to win their sixth ring in 16 years and the Eagles trying for their first Super Bowl victory in three tries.

The viewership this season marked a 20 percent increase from the last time the two teams played in the Super Bowl (XXXIX, 86 million viewers) in February...

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