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NFL Draft Produces Strong Ratings

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Last Thursday’s first round of the NFL Draft received its largest audience since 2014, totaling 11.214 million viewers. Ratings success continued into the weekend with ESPN recording its most-viewed day-three of the NFL draft ever.

2018 marked the first time the entire NFL Draft was broadcast on network television. NFL Network’s coverage of the first three rounds was simulcast on Fox, with ESPN’s coverage of rounds 4-7 simulcast on ABC.

ESPN has been broadcasting the NFL Draft since 1980, being the sole network to do so until they were joined by NFL Network in 2006. According to John Ourand, with FOX offering a third option to watch the draft, ESPN still led all networks with 5.336 million viewers for the first round telecast. For its first year broadcasting the draft, FOX garnered 3.736 million viewers, with NFL Network coming in third at 2.005 million viewers. On ESPN2, the College Gameday crew reacted to, and offered insight on first-round draft selections, which drew only 124,000 viewers.

Fox was only announced as a destination to view the NFL Draft this past February. Expect the first-round gap between FOX and ESPN to close as fans get used to FOX covering the draft in the future.

While ESPN’s draft broadcast numbers were down for the first three rounds due to the addition of Fox as a viewing option for consumers, their coverage of rounds 4-7 were the highest since the NFL went to a three-day format in 2010. According to Nielsen, ESPN and ABC combined for an audience of 2,249,000 viewers on Saturday.

The NFL Draft viewership numbers are expected to increase by as much as eight percent for ESPN once Nielsen includes all streaming audiences in measuring the Nielsen Total Audience number.

Brandon Contes is a freelance writer for BSM. He can be found on Twitter @BrandonContes. To reach him by email click here.

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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