Ratings: MTV's Miley Cyrus-Hosted VMAs Down vs. 2014

MTV VMAs Ratings Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus’ nipple wasn’t the only thing that “slipped” as she hosted MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sunday night.

Just north of 5 million total viewers tuned into MTV for the annual bacchanal, plunging 40 percent from last year’s MTV telecast and wellllll shy of the VMAs’ record-setting 2011 audience of 12.4 million.

It was thus the least-watched VMAs on MTV since 2012, when 6.1 million tuned in for a rescheduled Thursday broadcast.

Across all 10 Viacom-owned outlets, MTV included, the VMAs amassed 9.8 million viewers, down just 5 percent versus 2014.

Facing off against Sunday’s otherwise buzzy VMAs, CBS’ Big Brother (6.7 mil/2.1) ticked up 9 percent and a tenth week-to-week, ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise (4.4 mil/1.3) drew its largest Sunday audience and NBC’s preseason NFL game drew 6.8 mil/2.0.