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20 million viewers watched first round of NFL draft

First-round coverage of the 2013 NFL draft Thursday night on ESPN and NFL Network drew a combined total viewership of 20.0 million viewers, according to The Nielsen Company on Friday.

The combined ESPN/NFLN average of 7.7 million viewers: nearly doubled the viewership of the next most-watched show of the day on cable (Swamp People on History Channel, 4.0 million); drew 5 million more viewers than the day’s next most-watched sporting event (Clippers-Grizzles on TNT, 2.6 million); and ranks as the third-most-watched first round ever behind 2010 (8.3 million viewers) and 2012 (8.1 million viewers).

Rounds 2 and 3 are on tonight at 6:30 on ESPN and NFL Network (ESPN2 picks up coverage at 8 p.m.). The final four rounds begin noon Saturday on ESPN and NFL Network.

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