High ratings for NFL draft's first night

Although there's been a lot of complaints about the NFL pushing the draft back to May from its usual April date, the ratings were high for the first round Thursday night.

ESPN said it had a rating of 6.8 overnight for a 48-percent increase from last year and a peak rating of 8.0 when the Dallas Cowboys were on the clock and people were wondering if they were going to dratt Johnny Manziel.

NFL Network said it did an 8.64 preliminary rating, up 50 percent from last year.

That could be the impetus the league wants to justify potentially keeping the draft in May going forward.

The highest ratings from ESPN were in Cleveland as the Browns took Manziel.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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