The final results will be in today, TV Column fans, but here are early returns on how The Game Sunday did here and in the 14 other major markets covered by Nielsen in its overnight ratings ...

Overall, for the 15 cities, including Washington, the Skins-Broncos game averaged a 41.2 rating and a 60 percent audience share between 6:15 and 10:15 p.m. on ABC ... the lowest major market overnight rating for a Super Bowl since 1984, when the Raiders whipped the Skins in a similar blowout, 38-9 ...

ABC researchers estimated 105 million viewers saw all or part of the game, which, while not exactly your average audience for "The Charmings," was still considerably below the pregame prediction of 120 million ...

In Washington, the game averaged a 55.0/78, meaning 886,000 of the area's 1.6 million TV homes watched the game ...

In Denver, the totals were a giant 57.9/87 ...

But in New York, the biggest market of all, with 6.8 million TV homes, the average was down to a 30.4/48, which isn't going to help the national averages. Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia, however, had strong ratings, although in the 15 cities generally the audience shares slipped from a 63 at 7 p.m. to a 48 by 10, when the outcome of the 42-10 rout was a certainty ...

In Washington, however, except for a little slippage at halftime, the rating and share even climbed slightly from 6:15 until the end of the game, bespeaking the loyalty of the Redskins fans ...

Locally, WJLA owned the day, as the station's "Redskin Magazine" show did a 13.1/29 from 2:30 until 4 p.m., and the network's pregame show jumped to a 24.6/45 through 6 p.m. ...

The ABC postgame wrapup went on to average a 51.5/76 on Channel 7; Seven's late-night news, which followed for 75 minutes, did a 28.6/66; and the network premiere of "The Wonder Years," which followed the game on ABC but which Seven delayed until 11:52 p.m., managed a 16.7/43 (the network show did a 19.4/32 overall in the 15 markets). Each local rating point represents 16,110 homes...

In Other News

Henry E. (Hank) Price Jr., who has been vice president for programming and marketing at Channel 9 here, yesterday was named vice president and general manager of WFMY in Greensboro, N.C. ...

The announcement came as Gannett Co. Inc., which owns WUSA here, completed the purchase of both WFMY and WTLV in Jacksonville, Fla., as the FCC gave final approval of the $155 million purchase of both stations from Harte-Hanks Communications Inc., which was first announced in December ...

The purchases raise the number of Gannett-owned TV stations to 10. Gannett stations now reach more than 11 percent of the U.S. television audience ...

WFMY is the CBS affiliate in the 50th-ranked TV market, encompassing Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C. ...

Price, 40, joined Nine in December 1984 after two years with WJLA here as director of advertising promotion. He had previously been with Frank Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as a program consultant and also worked as promotion director at WTTV in West Palm Beach, Fla. ...

No replacement for Price at Nine has been chosen but an announcement is expected later this week ...

ABC Changes

ABC Entertainment -- which must rely on special events like the Super Bowl and the upcoming Winter Olympics to avoid slipping right off the primetime charts this year -- yesterday announced the introduction of three new limited-run series and the rescheduling of five current series over a three-week period that begins in early March ...

Dubbed "the first phase of ABC's 'Spring Season,' " the schedule changes will send "Sledge Hammer!" and "The Charmings" into what is known in the trade as "Hiatus," while the ABC Thursday Night Movie will be dispatched just a little further down the road to Quietus after Feb. 11 ...

In the most recent compilation of season-to-date rankings, the movie was 75th, "Sledge" 77th and "The Charmings" 78th among 85 series tried on all three networks so far this year ...

The network also brought "Hotel" and "Buck James" back from the edge of Oblivion in the schedule change ...

Joining the schedule will be "The Wonder Years," a half-hour, well, "dramedy," in which an adult narrator looks back to the late '60s, "when he was growing up in a typical suburban household" to recall "the tribulations, love, tears and laughter of a family forever bound together in the memory of its youngest child." Stars Kevin Arnold, Jason Harvey and Olivia Dabo ...

"Probe," a one-hour series from the fertile mind of science fiction writer Isaac Asimov, stars Parker Stevenson as "a super genius who uses science and scientific methods to solve the unsolvable crimes." Ashley Crowe plays his secretary and assistant ...

And "Supercarrier," another hour that "explores the full spectrum of life aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, focusing on the personal and military lives of the crew above and below the decks, from the highest ranking officer to the newest recruit." With Robert Hooks, Richard Jaeckel and Ken Olandt ...

Amidst all the scrambling, ABC has redone entirely its Thursday schedule, and shuffled its comedy block on Friday to lead off with "Perfect Strangers" (ranked 29th) instead of "Full House" (68th), which makes a certain kind of sense, when you think about it ...

ABC also juggled Tuesday and Wednesday ever so slightly but kept Monday and Saturday intact ...

Here's the new schedule, with starting dates, and new shows in CAPS.:

Monday: "MacGyver" at 8 and the Monday night movie at 9 ...

Tuesday: "Who's the Boss?" at 8; "THE WONDER YEARS" starting March 15 at 8:30; "Moonlighting" at 9; "Thirtysomething" at 10 ...

Wednesday: "Growing Pains" at 8 (March 2); "Head of the Class," 8:30; "Hooperman" at 9; "The 'Slap' Maxwell Story," 9:30; "Dynasty" at 10 ...

Thursday: "PROBE" at 8 (March 3); "Hotel" (March 10) at 9; "Buck James" (March 3) at 10 ...

Friday: "Perfect Strangers" (March 4) at 8; "Full House" (March 4), 8:30; "Mr. Belvedere" (March 4) at 9; "The Thorns" (March 4), 9:30; "20/20" at 10 ...

Saturday: "Dolly" at 8; "Ohara" at 9; "Spenser: For Hire" at 10 ...

Sunday: "The Disney Sunday Movie" at 7; "SUPERCARRIER" at 9 (March 6); the Sunday night movie at 10 ...

Robinson Update

Former "ABC World News Tonight" anchor Max Robinson was released yesterday from a hospital in Blue Island, Ill., where he was admitted Dec. 4. Robinson, 48, was admitted in critical condition but upgraded to serious condition on Jan. 8. At the request of his family, officials at St. Francis Hospital have refused to release any information about Robinson's ailment ...

Now This

The Baruch Television Group is looking for about 100 people to attend the Saturday morning taping of "Everything You Wanted to Know About Taxes but Were Afraid to Ask" at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce here ...

Comedian/composer/raconteur Steve Allen will host the show, which Baruch will syndicate for the Internal Revenue Service to stations covering about 85 percent of U.S. TV households (including WJLA here) ...

The show will air nationally between March 5 and April 15 depending on local station schedules ...

This is the third year Baruch is handling the IRS special, which previously featured Jack Klugman in 1987 and Tony Randall in 1986. Prior to the deal with Baruch, the IRS offered the program via satellite around the country, but without a syndication effort behind it, few stations bothered to pick it up ...

Persons interested should call 457-8116. That's 457-8116. The Baruch Group is seeking a broad audience range for the taping, which will begin at noon. That's 457-8116 ...

And Finally

Dr. William F. Baker, president and chief executive officer of WNET in New York, the nation's largest public TV station, has been named the recipient of the 1987 Trustees Award of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences ...

The award recognizes "an outstanding contribution made to the advancement of television by a person, organization or group of persons" ...

Over the years since 1958, the Trustees Award has honored, among others, William Paley, Jack Benny, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Dr. Frank Stanton, President John F. Kennedy and Gen. David Sarnoff ...

The award will be presented tomorrow night at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York ...