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Super Bowl ratings in Milwaukee higher than national number

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites love to party -- and that could partially explain why Milwaukee had bigger TV ratings than the nation as a whole for Sunday night's Super Bowl.

According to the overnight numbers, WITI-TV in Milwaukee had a 49.8 rating for Seattle's crushing of Denver. The national rating was 47.9 -- almost two points lower than Wisconsin's only metered market.

The numbers were impressive, considering that the Green Bay Packers were not playing. But there were eight players and coaches with Wisconsin ties -- including Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson and Broncos' running back Montee Ball, both of whom starred together with the Badgers.

The national rating was the fifth-highest for the 48 Super Bowls.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)