Virtual NFL Draft Grows 37% To 15.6 Million Viewers 04/27/2020

25 Avril, 2020, 10:09 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
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This compares with 11.4 million viewers on the first night of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Day two of the draft, where the league's 32 teams will pick rounds twp and three is set to kickoff at 8:00 p.m. on Friday night, with the Cincinnati Bengals picking first again. Viewing for the three-day period a year ago across all networks - ESPN, ABC, The NFL Network and digital channels - averaged 6.1 million viewers per day in TV viewership.

The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.

No technological magic was ever going to replace the buzz and glitz of Vegas, but the NFL and broadcast partners ESPN, ABC and NFL Network threw everything they had into the four-hour primetime online showcase, juggling feeds from almost 200 players and team officials scattered around the United States. ABC, like ESPN a part of The Walt Disney Co., has a separate presentation the first three nights, then will simulcast the ESPN/NFL Network broadcast on Saturday. The rating is the percentage of television households tuned in.

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In addition to the telecast of the 2020 NFL Draft, over 7 million viewers watched "Draft-A-Thon LIVE", a fundraiser supporting COVID-19 relief efforts.

'The theme of hope is always prevalent in the National Football League, especially with regard to the draft, ' Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

"In 2020, that's especially true, as we help honor healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines of the battle with COVID-19 while giving our fans something to cheer about".

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