2019 NFL Draft delivers record TV viewing figures
The 2019 NFL Draft, the event featuring players being selected and bought by the various franchises involved in the American football league, was the most-watched on record, according to Nielsen, the US data analytics firm.
Broadcasters covering the draft included NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, and across all of these channels the average viewing figure was 6.1 million. That figure, according to Nielsen, is the highest recorded, and is up from the 2018 figure of 5.5 million, when the Draft was held in Arlington, Texas.
The draft had a combined 3.9 household TV rating (the per cent of US households with a TV installed that were watching the programme), compared to the previous year's rating of 3.57.
The telecasts managed to reach more than 47.5 million viewers across the three days, over all channels measured by Nielsen. In 2018, the NFL said that a total of 45.8 million peoiple watched some part of the draft.
At the time, the 2018 NFL Draft was itself setting a record for the highest rated and most watched draft ever.
The event, which took place in central Nashville, Tennessee between 25 and 27 April, also attracted a total live audience of over 600,000, according to official NFL figures. The league said the previous record was 250,000 live fans, set in Philadelphia in 2017.
The NFL Draft is now an event where cities bid to host, and in December 2018 it was announced that Las Vegas would be the host of the 2020 edition. The city is expected to become home to the relocated Oakland Raiders later that year.