Unique NFL draft sets viewership records

The NFL logo and set are seen at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL Draft April 25, 2013. Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

The 2020 NFL Draft was the most watched ever, with more than 55 million U.S. viewers tuning in during the unique three-day event.

That's a 16% increase from 2019, according to Nielsen figures for the coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and digital channels.

Each day of the draft set new highs, according to a press release issued Sunday by the NFL. Thursday's first round drew more than 15.6 million viewers (up 37% from 2019), while more than 8.2 million watched Rounds 2-3 on Friday (up 40%) and more than 4.2 million watched Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (up 32%).

The draft coverage included more than 600 camera feeds from the homes of Goodell, NFL head coaches and general managers, more than 85 draft prospects, and others, including fans.

The top TV markets were Columbus, Ohio (8.8 rating), Cleveland (8.7), Philadelphia (8.6), Kansas City (8.5), Cincinnati (8.5), Atlanta (8.2), Jacksonville (8.1), Nashville (8.0), Milwaukee (7.8), Denver (7.0) and Baltimore (7.0).

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