NFL fans voted with their remote controls on Thursday night and declared that they approve of the league’s decision to move the first round of the draft into prime time.
League spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Friday morning that draft TV ratings are up 30 percent from last year, when the first round started at 4 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, and up 55 percent from 2008, when the first round started at 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.
We haven’t yet seen a breakdown of how ESPN and NFL Network fared individually, or a number on the total viewers who tuned in. But suffice to say, the NFL is declaring the first round a success.
Which means you can expect to see the draft in prime time every year going forward.