BET's Nov. 29 premiere of the Centric Presents: 2009 Soul Train Awards drew 4 million viewers, according to network officials.
The show - which marked the return of the R&B music-based Soul Train Awards after a two-year hiatus - ranks as the most watched Soul Train Awards telecast ever among adults 18-49 (2.2 million viewers).
The special -- a takeoff on the long-running syndicated music series Soul Train -- was hosted by Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard and honored the outstanding careers of legendary artists Chaka Khan and Charlie Wilson, as well as the late Michael Jackson who was honored with a special Entertainer of the Year Award. The show also featured performances from R&B artists Erykah Badu, Robin Thicke, Toni Braxton, Keri Hilson, Fantasia, Boyz II Men and Chrisette Michelle.
Classic Soul Train episodes currently air on Centric, BET's new cable channel which launched this past September.