What Else is On? The NFL Draft and TV Ratings

Well, we have finally reached the end of the ill-conceived draft series.  To put a bow on things, today we will look at the entertainment side of the NFL draft to see where it is most popular.

To do this, I looked up the top ten TV markets for the first round of the draft in 2014, 2015, and 2016, as well as overall draft TV ratings for the US.  Let's check it out!

Below is a map of the top ten TV markets for 2014, 2015, and 2016 (via Tableau, of course...)

Those of you who have been following this series likely won't be too surprised by this, but there is a heavy concentration in a few key areas.  The first of these, and number one market by percentage for three years straight, is good ol' Cleveland Ohio (Columbus was in second each year as well, with Dayton added in two of three years).  There was also a consistent showing from New Orleans, which was a bit of a surprise.

But what about the national numbers?  Let's take a look!

With the exception of a spike in 2014 (Johnny Football!) the ratings are pretty flat.  Will this year be different?  Who knows. 

Back next week with something more interesting (who could have predicted a seven part series would be difficult to think up topics for?)

Author: Chris Bick