June 27, 2014 at 12:50 pm

NBA draft sets ratings record for ESPN

The Cleveland Cavaliers took Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night. (Mike Stobe / Getty Images)

New York — 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, a 19 percent increase from last year’s 2.6 mark.

The previous record for the draft was 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.