Sports-starved fans of the NFL found
refuge in this year’s NFL Draft on the first day of the three-day event. Combined viewership on four TV networks -- ESPN, ABC, NFL Network, and digital platforms -- soared 37% on
the first night to 15. 7 million Nielsen-measured viewers. ESPN pulled in 7. 86 million viewers, followed by ABC with 6. 1 million viewers and the NFL Network at 1.
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