The selection of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett’s last night by the Cleveland Cavaliers kicked off the 2013 NBA Draft on ESPN, but the No. 1 pick wasn’t the only highlight. The 7:30 PM-12:15 AM multi-round broadcast Thursday garnered a 2.6 overnight rating, up 13% from last year’s 2.3. It also tied the 2007 edition as the second-highest-rated NBA Draft in the decade since the sports network has been televising the event. The strong number is somewhat of a surprise, with most pundits considering this year’s eligible class lower than usual in marquee value. The all-time high NBA Draft remains the 2003 event, which received a 2.7 on a night when future teammates LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade were selected. Last night’s NBA Draft peaked with a 3.3 rating between 8:30-8:45 PM. Here are the Top 10 markets for the telecast:

1. Louisville – 6.9
2. Memphis – 5.6
3. Cleveland – 5.0
4. Indianapolis – 4.7
5. Oklahoma City – 4.3
6. Raleigh-Durham – 4.2
7. Detroit – 3.9
8. Charlotte – 3.7
9. Washington D.C. – 3.6
10. Kansas City – 3.5

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