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Ratings: MTV Movie Awards Drops Nearly 30 Percent

Ratings: MTV Movie Awards Drops Nearly 30 PercentRatings: MTV Movie Awards Drops Nearly 30 Percent

The MTV Movie Awards took a hit with the ceremony's airing on Sunday night, shedding nearly a third of the viewership it received last year on a night of stiff competition.

Sunday night's awards show averaged 3.2 million total viewers -- a 29 percent drop compared to last year, when the MTV Movie Awards were watched by 4.5 million total viewers.

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In fairness, the Russell Brand-hosted awards ceremony was up against some heavy hitters Sunday night, including the NBA playoffs and the season finale of "Game of Thrones," which yielded a series record for the hit HBO drama.

Last year's awards show also had the benefit of a "Jersey Shore" marathon as a lead-in.

On the bright side for the network, the season 2 premiere of "Teen Wolf" performed strongly, drawing in 2.1 million total viewers. ("Teen Wolf"'s time-period premiere is Monday night at 10 p.m.)