ESPN’s First Round Draft Coverage ratings down 8%, NFL Network’s up 14%

 

ESPN’s first-round coverage of the NFL Draft drew a 4.7 metered market rating from 8-11:45PM ET, down 8% from 2015. ESPN’s telecast peaked from 9:15-9:30 with a 5.6 rating and Cleveland was the top market averaging a 13.3 rating (Columbus was the 2nd highest rated market with a 13.1 — New Orleans (7.8), Dayton (7.7), Birmingham (7.5), Jacksonville (7.2), Philadelphia (7.0), Minneapolis-St. Paul (6.9), Buffalo (6.6) and Nashville (6.1) rounded out the top 10. Here are ESPN’s overnight ratings for the 1st-round for the last 5 years:

2016: 4.7
2015: 5.1
2014: 6.8
2013: 4.6
2012: 4.8

Meanwhile per Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand  NFL Network’s coverage was up 14% from last year’s 1.4 to a 1.6 overnight rating.

Average viewership for both networks will be included in the daily cable sports viewership post that will be available this afternoon.

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