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NFL Draft’s First Night Drew 2 Million More Viewers Than the Oscars

NFL Draft’s First Night Drew 2 Million More Viewers Than the Oscars

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The opening night of the 2021 NFL Draft slipped from last year’s record high but still accomplished something else for the first time: It out-drew the Oscars.

Thursday night’s first-round coverage across ABC, ESPN and NFL Network drew 12.5 million viewers. On Sunday night, the 93rd annual Academy Awards drew 10.4 million, by far a record low for the telecast and a steep 56% drop from 2019, which was the previous low.

The Oscars aired in late April, two months later than usual. Also, most of the films were viewed primarily on a streaming platform as theaters were pretty much closed all of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Here’s how it broke down between the three networks: ESPN drew 6.48 million, ABC had 4.19 million and NFL Network made up the remaining 1.85 million.

This year’s draft from right behind Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium was a

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