Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards show was a ratings hit, rebounding from last year's showing.
The 2013 edition, broadcast live from Brooklyn's Barclays Center, attracted 10.1 million viewers, a 66% jump from last year. The show was up 47% from a year earlier among viewers between 12 and 34 and now ranks as the top cable entertainment broadcast of the year in that demographic.
The number falls short of the record 12.4 million who watched the 2011 show. The audience plunged to 6.1 million last year, when it was broadcast on a Thursday during the week of the Democratic National Convention.
The show featured an 'N Sync reunion, a controversial Miley Cyrus song-and-dance number and performances by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
A pre-show attracted 4.6 million viewers, a 119% spike from last year.
Sunday's show marked the VMAs' best performance in social media.
By Bill Keveney, USA Today