NFL Draft Has ‘Become the Ultimate Reality TV,’ ESPN VP of Production Says

The 2019 NFL Draft smashed records in both attendance and ratings last week, as a total 600,000 people attended the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee, and an average 6.1 million viewers watched across linear television and digital platforms, according to Nielsen.

Meanwhile, ABC scored a primetime touchdown with its coverage of Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, rising 26% in total viewers compared to the first night of last year’s broadcast on Fox.

For those who had doubted that the Music City could pull off football’s second-biggest event after the Super Bowl with such huge success, don’t feel bad — you weren’t alone.

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“The ratings were tremendous. I was a little surprised by how good the ratings were. I thought going in that this Draft wasn’t as sexy as last year’s,
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