Ratings were down slightly for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which aired Aug. 29 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Ratings were down slightly for this year's MTV Video Music Awards, which aired Aug. 29 from the American Airlines Arena in Miami.

According to Nielsen Media Research, the 2004 VMAs had a 6.3 rating/11 share, or 10.3 million U.S. viewers, compared to 6.4/11, or 10.7 million viewers, in 2003.

This was the first year the VMAs have been held on a Sunday. The telecast had to compete with the 2004 Summer Olympics closing-night ceremony on NBC.

The highest-rated VMAs show remains the Chris Rock-hosted 1999 event, which scored an 8 rating/14 share, or 11.9 million U.S. viewers.

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