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Record overnight ratings for NBA Draft on ESPN

A video screen shows the completed first round

A video screen shows the completed first round selections during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Mike Stobe

The NBA draft delivered its highest rating on ESPN, surpassing the mark set 11 years ago when LeBron James was the No. 1 pick.

The telecast Thursday had a 3.1 overnight rating, according to Nielsen. That's a 19 percent increase from last year's 2.6 mark.

The previous record for the draft was a 2.7 overnight in 2003, the first year the network televised it. James was the first pick that year in a top five that included Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

NBA Digital also said Friday it showed record growth in the U.S., with a 108 percent jump in mobile application unique users for the week. It also saw a 46 percent increase in visits and a 32 percent leap in page views on draft night from last year.

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