Way More Americans Watched the NFL Draft Than the Oscars
The first round of the Draft averaged 12.6 million viewers on television and digital sources
In what should probably come as no surprise, more Americans tuned in to watch the biggest event of the NFL’s offseason than the biggest night in Hollywood.
Across ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network, the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday night averaged 12.6 million viewers on television and digital sources, according to the NFL and Nielsen. That was the second-highest first day on record for the event, second only to last year’s first-round number (15.5 million). Prior to last year, the previous high for the first night of the Draft was 12.4 million (2014).
The 25th most-watched TV program of 2021, the first night of the Draft had a larger audience than the Academy Awards (10.4 million) on April 25 and also outdrew all but one game of last year’s World Series, according to ESPN.
The event also garnered almost eight million viewers on YouTube, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook and ESPN’s digital platforms, a 50% rise over the streaming results of Day 1 of the 2020 Draft, according to Deadline.
Usually the biggest non-Super Bowl draw of the TV season, the Oscars were in danger of losing out in viewership numbers to Young Sheldon, which was the most-watched show in primetime on Thursday aside from the Draft with 7.34 million viewers, per The Hollywood Reporter.
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