NFL Claims Draft TV Coverage Breaks Record With 47.5M Total Viewers



The average audience for all three days of the draft on ESPN, ABC and NFL Network was 6.1 million viewers.

The collaborative distribution approach across NFL Media and The Walt Disney Company helped grow the combined rating and viewership by +11% and +8% respectively over 2018. In total across Nielsen-measured channels, all NFL Draft telecasts combined to reach more than 47.5 million viewers over the three-day event, up +5% vs. 2018, per the NFL. We won't really know anything until three years from now, but even the news that comes out of the draft in the three days immediately following the event seems to change how we color various draft selections and draft classes.

According to ESPN, not only did the SEC set a new record for the number of players drafted from one conference (64; also, a record it already held), it also marked the 13th consecutive year it boasted the most players selected. The ABC broadcast averaged 4.5 million, which was up 21 percent from last year's 3.7 million that watched on Fox.

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"The 2019 NFL Draft was a tremendous continuation of the celebration of the NFL's 100th season and an opportunity to welcome the next generation of stars", said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The Southeastern Conference continued to stake its claim as the best conference in college football by blowing away the competition in the 2019 NFL Draft. The NFL says the prior record for attendance was the 250,000 that showed up for Philadelphia's turn two years ago.

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