'Puppy Bowl' watched by 9.2 million viewers

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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