Overall coverage peaked from 8:45 p.m.to 9 p.m. with 19.6 million viewers. You can stream the NFL Draft on ESPN. Viewership was up 37 percent compared to past year when an average of 11.4 million viewers watched the draft broadcast.
The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.
Working from his "man cave" in the basement of his NY home, Goodell also tried to inject some draft tradition into an event that had been stripped of much of it, pleading for fans to boo him, as they usually do whenever he appears on stage.
ESPN and the NFL Network have teamed on a combined production. Columbus, Ohio (16.7 rating), Cleveland (15.9), and Cincinnati (15.6) were the top three, followed by Philadelphia (15.1), Kansas City (14.3), Jacksonville (14.1), Atlanta (14.0), Charlotte (13.1), Denver (12.8) and (tied) Nashville and Milwaukee (12.7).
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Early on in the pandemic, health officials estimated that as many as half of all people in the city would get the virus. People line up at Gotham Health East New York , a Covid-19 testing centre, in the Brooklyn borough of New York.
The "Draft-A-Thon", a fundraising campaign in conjunction with the draft, had more than seven million viewers. Joe Burrow, taken first overall by the Bengals, began college at Ohio State and transferred to LSU, where he led the Tigers to the national title and won the Heisman Trophy.
Players with ties to OH were selected among the first three turns.
"I do believe this will be the most memorable draft we have ever had", said National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, adding that he was certain things would not go as planned.
The first round of the day Thursday was the most watched in the history of the NFL Draftwith more than 15.6 million viewers, pointed to the league on Friday.