Most-Watched NBA Draft in History


Most-Watched NBA Draft in History

The 2015 NBA Draft was the most-watched NBA Draft telecast in history, according to Nielsen. Thursday’s telecast on ESPN averaged 3,738,000 viewers (P2+), up eight percent from the 2014 NBA Draft. The telecast peaked with 5,131,000 viewers from 8-8:15 p.m. ET.

The 2015 NBA Draft was also the highest-rated ever on ESPN, averaging a 2.4 U.S. household rating. This is up four percent from last year’s event. The telecast peaked from 8-8:15 p.m. ET with a 3.3 rating.

Last night’s telecast also propelled ESPN to win the night across all of television (broadcast and cable) in several key demos, including P18-34, M18-34, P18-49, M18-49 and M25-54.

For information on metered market ratings and local numbers, please visit to view today’s earlier press release.

ESPN has televised the NBA Draft since 2003. NBA Draft television records go back to 1994.


Media contact: Ben Cafardo at 860-766-3496 or [email protected] (@Ben_ESPN).

Ben Cafardo

I lead communications strategy and execution for ESPN’s NBA, MLB, FIBA and Little League World Series properties. I’m also a proud consumer of all things ESPN.
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