NEW YORK (AP) - The first round of the NFL draft averaged 7.7 million viewers on ESPN and the NFL Network, drawing the third-highest audience for the opening round.
This year's numbers trailed only the 8.3 million in 2010 and 8.1 million last year.
NFL Network's coverage drew an average of 1.5 million viewers - a 7 percent increase over last year.
The NFL also said Friday the first round drew nearly double the viewership of second-most watched show on cable The History Channel's ``Swamp People'' (4.0 million), and about triple the day's most-watch sports event, the Clippers-Grizzlies broadcast on TNT (2.6 million).

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