The Indianapolis Colts rout of the New Orleans Saints last night likely led to a drop in television ratings for the National Football League kickoff game compared to the last two years.
Twenty-one percent of all television households nationwide tuned into the game, but that's down from last year's Pittsburgh Steelers-Miami Dolphins season opener, when 22 percent tuned in, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Services.
This year's game garnered a rating 0.8 percent lower than the 2005 season kickoff. The national rating peaked at 14.1 from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., but declined as the Colts pulled away.
Indianapolis not only beat New Orleans on the scoreboard, but also in the ratings. Indianapolis posted a 43.3 rating for the game, while New Orleans posted a rating of 40.9, according to Nielsen's overnight figures.