The first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night, in which Johnny Manziel was mentioned once or twice, garnered some bang-up TV ratings on ESPN.
ESPN’s 6.8 overnight rtg for #NFLDraft is 48% from Rd 1 in 2013 (4.6). Rating peaked from 945-10p ET at an 8.0.— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) May 9, 2014
Note the time, right when the Cowboys were on the clock.
This was a very, very good TV rating.
Crazy ratings number for the NFL Draft. ESPN says it posted a 6.8 overnight for round 1, which would be its most viewed 1st round ever.— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) May 9, 2014
It killed the other sports programming on the schedule.
Overnights: ESPN NFL Draft: 6.8 ESPN2 Blazers-Spurs 2.7 ESPN2 Heat-Nets: 2.6 NFL Net NFL Draft: 1.9 NBCSN Bos-Montreal 1.2 NBCSN Ana-LA: 0.7— John Ourand (@Ourand_SBJ) May 9, 2014
Cleveland was an especially fertile viewing ground. Obviously.
Cleveland (13.0) led all markets for ESPN’s Rd 1 #NFLDraft coverage, followed by HOU 11.6, Austin 11.3, Greenville, SC 10.8, NOLA 10.8.— bill hofheimer (@bhofheimer_espn) May 9, 2014