May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) poses with a jersey after being selected as the number twenty-two overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Cleveland Browns at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: ESPN coverage nets highest ratings in history


The NFL draft has made a lot of players and fans happy, but the happiest people in the world may be the suits at ESPN.

Per ESPN’s own Bill Hofheimer, the network’s Thursday night presentation netted a 6.8 rating, the highest ever for ESPN draft coverage.

Yes, even with Chris Berman still doing his same tired schtick and Jon Gruden driving everyone nuts by saying “Johnny Manziel” every four seconds, people stuck with the coverage.

Speaking of Johnny Manziel, the ratings indicate that he was a big part of why the coverage scored such a high number.

The market breakdown shows that Cleveland led the way with a 13.0 rating. Browns fans flocked to their TVs in droves to see if their team would take Johnny Football.

Houston came in second at 11.6, followed by Austin, Greenville (S.C.) and New Orleans.

When the researchers at ESPN break things down, they will come to one conclusion: more Johnny Manziel coverage.

The New York Jets used to be ESPN’s favorite team, but I have a feeling that focus is going to shift to Northern Ohio from now on.

So long Tim Tebow, ESPN has a new man crush.

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