More than 7 million viewers tuned into Black Entertainment Television's BET Awards '10 telecast Sunday night.
The 10th anniversary telecast of the Awards show, which featured performances by hip-hop artists Kanye West, T.I. and Drake -- as well as an emotional performance by R&B crooner Chris Brown in tribute to Michael Jackson -- was the second most-watched show in BET history behind the 10.6 million viewers generated by last year's BET Awards show, according to the network.
In addition, the BET Red Carpet Show drew 2.5 million total viewers, while the BET Awards '10 Post Show, also garnered 4 million total viewers.
"For 10 years, the BET Awards has always been about showcasing the best of entertainment, and last night we delivered," said Stephen Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials for BET Networks in a prepared statement. "The number of viewers who tuned in to see the BET Awards ‘10 is a testament to the all-star performances, artists and their music's influence on our culture."