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Draft becoming must-see TV

Posted by Bob Labriola on April 27, 2012 – 5:05 pm

Make fun of it all you want — and I’ve taken my share of shots over the years — but the NFL Draft pulls down the ratings for the two networks that televise the event.

According to the overnight ratings just released by The Nielsen Company, the first-round coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft drew a combined total viewership of 25.3 million viewers on  ESPN and NFL Network.

The networks posted a combined average rating of 5.28, which is an all-time high and represents an 18 percent increase over last year’s first round, which drew a 4.46 average rating. The 2011 NFL Draft was the first one to be televised in the three-day format currently in use this weekend.

The combined two network average of 8.1 million viewers also represents a 16 percent increase over 2011, and it now ranks as the second most-watched first round ever, behind only the 8.3 million who watched in 2010.


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One Response to “Draft becoming must-see TV”

  1. By Eliott on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    You are going to think I am crazy but to me, the nfl draft is the second most exciting thing in sports one spot below the Super Bowl.

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