NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces Kwity Paye as the 21st selection by the Indianapolis Colts during round one of the 2021 NFL Draft at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The National Football League’s opening night of its annual draft event averaged 12.6 million viewers across three networks including ESPN and ABC.
It didn’t top last year’s all-time high of 15.5 million viewers, but it was up 11 percent compared to 2019 draft (11.4 million). Prior to last year, the all-time high was 12.4 million viewers in 2014. The 2020 NFL Draft was an all-virtual event due to Covid-19.