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NFL draft averages record 8.4M viewers across 3 days

The previous record was 6.2 million average viewers during the 2019 Draft.

Seth Markman was just as nervous as NFL coaches and general managers about the unknown factors involved with a virtual draft. But the ESPN executive producer said he was overwhelmed with how everything came together over the three days. 

It also ended up being must-see TV as the first significant live sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic ground everything to a halt. The draft averaged a record 8.4 million viewers over all three days, according to the NFL and Nielsen. 

The previous high was 6.2 million last year.

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