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2014 BET Awards Upstages MTV Awards With 7.9 Million Viewers

Lionel Richie poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Lionel Richie poses in the press room with the lifetime achievement award at the BET Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, June 29, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)

 

(Madame Noire) – Perhaps it was the faux promise of a Beyonce and Jay Z appearance? Or maybe it was the highly-anticipated just-got-out-of-prison Chris Brown performance? Whatever it was, a whopping 7.9 million viewers tuned in for Sunday’s BET Awards, according to The Wrap. That’s the second-highest figure since 2009 — the year BET commemorated the King of Pop.

The BET Awards outdid its competitor, the MTV Awards, which reeled in a measly 3.2 million. Whomp whomp.

This year’s viewership is up from 7.8 million, when Chris Tucker hosted the night in 2013. This year, another Chris rocked the BET Awards stage — and Rock just couldn’t help but call Paris Hilton a “Kardashian” and Rick Ross a “Black Santa Claus.” The star-studded show — and Rock’s one-liners — elicited 11 million tweets by 1.1 million authors.

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