The NFL draft draws a record 74 million viewers

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Joe Burroughs was the first pick of the 2020 NFL draft

For the first time, the virtual NFL draft was seen as the most viewed in the history of the event, drawing a record average of 74.4 million television viewers in the three-day selection process as the league announced on Sunday.

According to the NFL and Nielsen, the average viewership has increased by 35 percent compared to the previous high of 2.2 million viewers in 2017. Each day of the event set a new audience record with an average of 15.6 million viewers drawing in the first round on Thursday.

The first day increased by 37 percent compared to 2019, Friday increased by 40 percent compared to the previous two years, and the last day on Saturday drew 32 percent more visitors than 2019. Day two averaged 8.2 million visitors and day three averaged 42. 2 million.

“I can no longer be proud of the efforts and cooperation of our club, league staff and our partners to create an efficient draft and share an unforgettable experience with millions of fans at this uncertain time,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “This draft is the latest chapter in the history of the NFL highlighting the American consciousness and bringing people together.”

In addition, the NFL has announced that its online telethon, NFL Draft-a-Thon Live, has collected an average of 5.4 million viewers per day and more than মিল 100 million for coronavirus relief.

“In addition to celebrating the achievements of many talented young people, we are delighted that this unique draft has helped shed light on today’s true heroes – healthcare workers, first responders and countless others at the forefront of the fight against CVVID – 19,” Goodell said.

“We are also grateful to those who contributed to the NFL family fundraising.”