The Steelers weren’t the only team the Patriots dominated Sunday night.

The defending Super Bowl champions opened the season with a 33-3 win over Pittsburgh on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football.”

Despite the blowout — the 30-point margin was the most lopsided “SNF” opener since it debuted in 2006 — the game was the No. 1 program in prime time, per overnight ratings, earning a 14.8 rating and 26 share nationally.

Locally, the game drew a 36.3 overnight rating and 58 share on Ch. 10. That crushed the Red Sox-Yankees game on ESPN, which drew a 2.5 rating and a 4.6 share in Boston.


The Red Sox lost to the Yankees, 10-5, then announced when it was over that they had fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Boston drew the third-highest rating nationally for the Patriots-Steelers game. Pittsburgh was first (42.3/60), followed by Patriots territory in Providence (37.4/57).

Chad Finn can be reached at finn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeChadFinn.