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2014 VMAs Down 17%

Guess viewers preferred Miley Cyrus’ twerking to that of Nicki Minaj.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards averaged almost 8.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen live+same-day data, in its premiere telecast on Sunday night, down 18% from the 10.1 million for the 2013 VMAs, made infamous by Cyrus’ simulation with Robin Thicke. Ironically, her "Wrecking Ball" scored the Moonman for Video of the Year.

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