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Most Indianapolis residents probably didn't enjoy the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl, but apparently it was difficult to look away.

Only five U.S. cities ranked higher than Indianapolis in viewership, according to Nielsen statistics provided by CBS.

Boston, the city most closely identified with the victorious New England Patriots, ranked No. 1 with a 57.1 local rating or 57.1 percent of the possible audience.

In Central Indiana, where a rating point equals about 10,700 households, Super Bowl LIII generated a 49.2 rating. About 526,000 Central Indiana households caught the Patriots' 13-3 defeat of the Los Angeles Rams.

New England, a team that's 8-0 against the Colts since 2010, won a record-tying sixth Super Bowl (pulling even with the Pittsburgh Steelers). 

In Nielsen spots two through five (with two cities tied): Richmond, Virginia, 57.1 rating; Buffalo, New York, 52.6 rating; Denver, 49.3 rating; and Minneapolis, 49.3 rating.

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Nielsen collects data for viewing in 56 markets. In Los Angeles, home of the Rams, the Super Bowl delivered a 44.6 rating — the city's highest figure since 1996.

When the Colts won Super Bowl XLI and lost Super Bowl XLIV, the local ratings were 55.5 and 54.2, respectively.

The local rating was even higher in 2012, when Indianapolis hosted Super Bowl XLVI: 56.4 for a game featuring the New York Giants and ... New England. On that night, the Giants prevailed 21-17.

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