TV viewership of Day Three of draft increases by 32 percent

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Even the most boring day of the draft will perform well when people have nothing else to do.

Via multiple reports, the NFL says that the ratings for the third day of the draft increased by 32 percent. That’s an impressive performance for a session that usually attracts only the most hardcore fans, especially as round five gives way to round six and it’s enough already and you just want to get some sleep.

In all, the 2020 draft averaged 8.4 million viewers for the three days, with ratings up 37 percent on Thursday and 40 percent on Friday.

Barring another pandemic, the continuation of the current one, or a draft featuring at least seven or eight Johnny Manziels, the league will never again see that kind of TV performance for a draft.

32 responses to “TV viewership of Day Three of draft increases by 32 percent

  1. Watching the seventh round is better than watching you and Simms everyday. Way to swing and miss on ripping Gettleman by the way.

  2. That wasn’t draft coverage though, it was a Corona convention. ESPN is no longer a sports network-

  3. Of course, America like the rest of the globe is in desperate need of a life at this point!

    How many times can we re-watch the same Super Bowl highlights?

  4. “That wasn’t draft coverage though, it was a Corona convention. ESPN is no longer a sports network-”
    ________

    You deplorables don’t care anything about human life.

  5. “Watching the seventh round is better than watching you and Simms everyday. Way to swing and miss on ripping Gettleman by the way.”
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    If Florio and Simms bother you so much why are you watching them every day?

  6. E’en for this draft, I still couldn’t bring myself to watch Day 3 of the draft. It’s HORRIBLE.

  7. Ok hears an idea no charge; let’s have a show like this for the Monday after the season where all the losing coaches get canned. Isn’t that called “Bloody Monday”? Anyways, have a live camera in the coaches on ice homes with them sitting there on the couch with their families waiting for that call like reverse draft picks. That’s gold programming right there! Let’s do this.

  8. I always look forward to watching every minute of the draft, but this year was by far the worst. I know it had to be done virtually, but all of the coverage of the virus was out of hand. The intro was way too long and why was there artists singing from home? Can we just stick to football. In addition, Trey Wingo was pathetic and there wasn’t enough of Mel Kiper Jr.

  9. If Florio and Simms bother you so much why are you watching them every day?
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    Cardinalsfan20: I don’t, gave up on them over a years ago. I just assumed they’re a continued disaster.

  10. Lots of fans are interested in the upcoming season. The problem is, that it’s probably not happening…

  11. I thought it was a great draft. Yeah it had a lot of corona virus coverage and singing performances along with coach interviews. Yet it is the first draft where they actually covered almost every player that was picked. They went to commercial and came back to where they left off instead of most years when distractions and trying to stay updated in competition with other networks cut player profiles out. Mostly day 3 where ABC was synced with ESPN & NFL Network.

  12. Way better than watching 20 something’s strut around in ugly suits with the fake hugs with the Commissioner and all the overproduction and hype. Plus the meaningless Suzy Kolber after they’re picked interviews saying the same thing over and over. And none of the production flaws that were so hyped. All in all ESPN did a good job but looked like they were trying too hard to get every NFL network and ESPN analyst speaking time. And replays of 1984 Spelling Bees or 1997 Tiddlywinks competitions are boring as crap.

  13. Fortunately, my TV remote has a mute button. It helps when they show all those “experts”, particularly when they were talking all at the same time.

  14. cardinalsfan20 says:
    April 26, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    “That wasn’t draft coverage though, it was a Corona convention. ESPN is no longer a sports network-”
    ________

    You deplorables don’t care anything about human life.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    When you are dipping into your savings while being under house arrest, you eventually get fed up.

    And PFT has a real issue when I post anything political and it gets censored. How or why they let yours through is quite telling.

    Liberty isnt just some crazy or fancy word. Its what we expect and demand. Time to take the bubble wrap off. If you choose to stay home, fine. But people need to get back to work.

  15. Not BuyingIt says:
    April 26, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    When you are dipping into your savings while being under house arrest, you eventually get fed up.

    And PFT has a real issue when I post anything political and it gets censored. How or why they let yours through is quite telling.

    Liberty isnt just some crazy or fancy word. Its what we expect and demand. Time to take the bubble wrap off. If you choose to stay home, fine. But people need to get back to work.

    ———
    Good on you. Go put your life on the line as a first responder. While you whine people are passing out food and making masks for those who need it most. I’ll listen to your nonsense when Georgia has a positive outcome after the Governor opened the dumbest businesses ever. If you listen to Trump and his timeline of reopening states, there has NOT been one that fits the guidelines his advisers agree on.

  16. I think an unexpected benefit of this draft coverage is the announcing of picks was not delayed by Suzy and Deion asking each pick in depth questions as they leave the stage like ‘how does it feel?’
    In the past up to 3 picks would be in and backlogged, because of delays caused by these interviews that provided no insight.
    This year, the picks outpaced the analysis at some points. Which was a win Sergio thing.

  17. My wish for Christmas is that the draft never goes back to the way it was. I enjoyed this draft so much .

  18. Day 3 viewership would have been even better if they would have just shown film of the athletes instead of people talking over the picks
    interviews and singing people!

  19. The draft worked out well. I don’t think we should have called it a ‘virtual’ draft. No matter how much you gave to coronarelief the ads for it kept smacking you below the belt. It doesn’t work that poorly online. If you do something a site wants, they usually leave you alone for a while.
    This seemed like a telethon. Oh and btw, it’s telling that the NFL matched the donations on day 2, but not day 1. Even if it was 65m on D1, it would barely be north of 2m/team.

  20. No dancing bears or talking elephants… It was great… They can skip the other “entertainment” too.. Just the draft please..

  21. Imagine how many more viewers there would have been if it weren’t for the “bad optics”

  22. I watched zilch of the draft (which means there is at least one net viewer lost). I loathe the circus that the draft has become. To me this can all be done as it was this year without having to have anyone travel and without the crowd stupidity. How it was done this year is how it should be done in the future.

    From a tech standpoint, I was surprised at how low rent these teams went. My regular office has more screens and computers and redundancy than these fools.

  23. While it is still sports entertainment I think this says a lot that fans don’t need the pomp and circumstance that many of the NFL’s events have turned into. I liked seeing the coaches, players, and GMs at home taking things very seriously and having family support around them. I also give credit to the NFL for having the guts to put it on, handling it like they did, and EPSN for its coverage.

  24. Just leave the channel on something live, not talking about the virus and there you go.

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