‘BET Awards 12' Draws 7.4 Million Viewers


Sunday's BET Awards '12 special drew 7.4 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

The show, which featured performances by Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Melanie Fiona - as well as a tribute to the late Whitney Houston - fell short of 7.7 million viewers for the BET Awards 11, but was up over the show's 2010 edition, according to network officials.

R&B group Frankie Beverly featuring Maze recevied a Lifetime Achievement Award and Rev. Al Sharpton was honored with a special Humanitarian award during the telecast, hosted by actor Samuel L. Jackson.