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NFL draft: TV ratings may tackle networks' prime-time lineups

April 25, 2013|By Scott Collins
  • Tavon Austin of the West Virginia Mountaineers arrives on the red carpet for the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Thursday.
Tavon Austin of the West Virginia Mountaineers arrives on the red carpet… (Al Bello / AFP/Getty )

There could already be a big loser in Thursday night's NFL draft: the broadcast TV networks. 

ESPN and the NFL Network are carrying live coverage of the first round of pro football picks starting at 5 p.m., and network executives are bracing for a mighty wallop on ratings for shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and "American Idol."

That's because over the last few seasons, the NFL draft officially arrived as a TV Event. Last year the first round drew more than 8 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. In 2011, the aggregate audience on ESPN and NFL Network was just 7 million.

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Broadcasters think the numbers could be at least as high this year. CBS is worried enough that it put out a "note" to reporters warning, "Tonight’s draft coverage will likely have an impact on the ratings landscape."

What do you think of the NFL draft? Will it change your usual viewing habits?

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