Oh No! BET Awards 2017 Records The Lowest Ratings This Year!

Not even a collection of stage-blazing performances from the likes of Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Future & Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige were enough to help this year’s BET Awards drum up its usual viewership figures.

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For nearly the last decade Urban music’s biggest night has managed to rope in no less than a composite of 7 million viewers across the multiple VIACOM networks it’s aired across simultaneously.  This year, however, the Leslie Jones-hosted affair sang a different tune.


Viewership and ratings were both down 19 percent from last year.  The premiere telecast of the 2017 “BET AWARDS” drew 5.8MM Total Viewers P2+ (EDAC) , as it was simulcast live across 9 Viacom networks including MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Logo, Spike and Centric.

Curious to see how the 2017 showing stacks up against former editions?  Look below:

BET Awards Ratings

  • 2008: 5.8 million
  • 2009: 10.6 million
  • 2010: 7.4 million
  • 2011: 7.7 million
  • 2012: 7.4 million
  • 2013: 7.8 million
  • 2014: 7.9 million
  • 2015: 7.5 million
  • 2016: 7.2 million
  • 2017: 5.8 million
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