Sunday's Super Bowl was the second-lowest rated in 17 years and the eighth-lowest ever, according to national figures released by A.C. Nielsen Co.

The New York Giants' 20-19 victory over the Buffalo Bills on ABC got a 41.8 rating, which represents the percentage of televisions in the country tuned to the game. A rating point represents 931,000 homes. The only lower-rated Super Bowl since 1974 was San Francisco's 55-10 victory over Denver on CBS last year (39.0).Locally . . .