May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the stage and podium before the start of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft draws 45.7 million viewers, sets new record


The 2014 NFL Draft was a huge success. With so much intrigue and uncertainty surrounding the top of the draft and the story line of Michael Sam driving the later rounds over the weekend, people around the country were tuning in to the 2014 NFL Draft at a record rate.

The National Football League announced on Monday that 45.7 million people tuned into the draft on ESPN and the NFL Network.

The previous record was 45.5 million people back in 2010.

With the likes of Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, and all of the rumors and trades leading up to the draft, it is easy to see why the ratings were so high. It will also be interesting to see whether the record numbers cause the NFL to keep the draft where it is now or whether they will decide to delay the draft again for a few weeks in order to build up more interest.

If the numbers are any indication, moving the draft had no impact on whether or not people would tune in.

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