In this undated photo released by Animal Planet, producer Andrew L. Schechter takes on the role of referee as he appears on the field with various puppies for "Puppy Bowl VII," airing Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. EST on Animal Planet. (AP Photo/Animal Planet, David Holloway)
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'Puppy Bowl' watched by 9.2 million viewers

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NEW YORK (AP) - The Super Bowl wasn't the only thing on TV last weekend to set aratings record - so did the Puppy Bowl.

Animal Planet says 9.2 million viewers watched "Puppy Bowl VII"on Sunday. That's the most to watch the annual program, which hasincreased in popularity as a cuddly alternative to the SuperBowl.

Animal Planet counted its total viewers from the afternoonpremiere and the subsequent five re-airings. The two-hour premieredrew an average of 1.7 million viewers, up from 1.1 million lastyear.

The Puppy Bowl consists of little more than dogs running aroundon a small, indoor football field. They score touchdowns if theycross a goal line with a chew toy.

The Super Bowl on Fox drew a record 111 million viewers.

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