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BET Awards get record ratings thanks to Michael Jackson

Sunday night’s BET Awards drew 10.7 million viewers, the most ever for a cable awards show and more than even the “Jon & Kate” divorce announcement episode earlier in the week.

With Michael Jackson on people’s minds and an array of tributes for the late singer, viewers flocked to BET for some catharsis. Locally, the show did even better, drawing a whopping 558,000 viewers, comparable to a typical “American Idol” episode this past season.

This despite complaints online that the show dragged on way too long, save for Janet Jackson’s emotional appearance at the end.

The post-show drew another 5.4 million and the preview episode of “Tina & Toya,” featuring T.I.’s baby’s mama Tiny and Lil Wayne’s ex Toya, brought in 3.8 million.

The only broadcast programs last week that did better than the BET Awards show were a repeat of CBS’s “NCIS” and NBC’s debut of “America’s Got Talent.”

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PACK OF SMOKES

June 30th, 2009
8:30 pm

1ST…….Mike owns the rights to all music that pertains to dance.He bought them last year at a yard sale in memphis tn.The man that sold them to him wants them back and will do whatever it takes to make that happen.Joe Jackson bought stuff at the same yard sale and wont reviel what it was.I hope everythang works out and the kids have what they want on the end!

malika

June 30th, 2009
9:46 pm

Just like most other people, I only tuned in for the MJ “tribute.” I wasted nearly 4 hours of my life on that mess. I’ve got to admit though, MJ influenced so many people, more of them should have been willing to clear their busy schedules to come out to help do a real tribute. I can’t help but to wonder why no one chose to just cut to commercial when Lil Wayne performed his explicative laced song about “f*cking every girl in the world” while he had prepubescent girls on stage with him. Once again, BET had a big audience and they dropped the ball. That show should have been the network’s time to redeem inself, instead it reminded people of why we tuned out of BET ot begin with.

Trish

June 30th, 2009
10:18 pm

It was such a disappointment and embarrassing to me. I felt for Al Sharpton and yes Joe Jackson. This was not the show they expected I bet.

JRoc

June 30th, 2009
10:24 pm

4 hours of pure B-S….I just watched it for the tribute to MJ.

PACK OF SMOKES

June 30th, 2009
11:18 pm

Sorry..It was a garage sale not a yard sale!

whateverboo

June 30th, 2009
11:39 pm

That award show SUCKED!!! I can’t believe I actually watched the whole show, just waiting and waiting to see some kind of amazing tribute to Michael Jackson. The only good part about it was seeing Janet Jackson and knowing that his father, Joe Jackson, was there. They should have called this “The Jamie Foxx Show”.

use to be

July 1st, 2009
7:41 am

The show sucked. This was not a tribute to Michael Jackson it was almost as if they were making fun of him. I think Jamie went a little over board with the jokes and his shamless plugs about his upcoming concert were tiring. BET as usual sucked.

sindy

July 1st, 2009
10:03 am

jamie said micheal was black and belonged to the black comuity…well maybe he was born black but he died white!!!!jamie is a rasist

Erica

July 1st, 2009
11:23 am

HATERS^^^^
ALL OF YALL

Corbin

July 1st, 2009
12:11 pm

Overall the show was good. I was happy they showcased honor to Michael Jackson throughout the whole show instead of just one segment (New Edition’s Jackson 5 melody (even though they were having some vocal trouble), Neyo “Lady In My Life”, Beyonce was kind enough to put herself on the back burner and honor him (she probably was going to perform “Ego” or a medley of her hits from the past few months), Keri Hilson incorporated his “Bad” video into her performance, Jamie Foxx “Beat It” and “I’ll Be There”, the reflections before comm. breaks, and even at the presenting and acceptance of the awards. If you were wondering why the nominees were not announced, it was to give time for the tribute. I do not think Jamie Foxx went overboard with some of the jokes (the jokes some people made while Michael was alive were definitely worse). What could have been done to make the show better:

-Cut the Lil Wayne, Drake and Young Money performace.
-Jamie Foxx concret plugs were a bit much
-Due to the vocal difficulties of New Edition they should have been replaced with some other artists
-All performances should have had something to do with Michael (Jay-Z, Soulja Boy, Keyshia Cole for example)
-Jamie Foxx could have played it off a little more when he didn’t know what was going on
- Ciara should have danced
-THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BIGGER GRAND FINALE WITH ARTISTS LIKE USHER, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, AND CHRIS BROWN(WHO WERE RUMORED TO PERFORM). I was expecting to see a lot of dancing.
-Why didn’t they have Ginuwine dance?, Where was Omarion?
I do believe that there was time for a big grand finale. Eeven if time wasn’t allotted for a dance number, They could of had several artists on stage before “I’ll Be There” and performed “We Are the World”

Corbin

July 1st, 2009
12:19 pm

Oh yeah, who’s ever job was to beep out cursing and other offensive language was late all the time lol (Young Money Performance).

Corbin

July 1st, 2009
12:27 pm

Oh yeah, overall I would say BET did a good job with the awards. They had about 3 days to do what they did. This was no where near the worse BET Awards show MTO. In my opinion it would place near the top. This was probably the first BET award show where the winners actually deserved to win.

Corbin

July 1st, 2009
12:28 pm

“ALL of the winners deserved to win”

Not About Hating

July 1st, 2009
1:04 pm

Let’s be real, just because the station is a “black” station doesn’t mean we weren’t expecting them to give a good show. Just because they changed the show in 3 days doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have been decent. How about just adding a 1/2 hour to the beginning or end of the original show and cutting out the lame acts? I guess we are supposed to bow down to them for saying it was a tribute show. BET is left with a high rating for one night, we’re left with more disappointments from that channel that will last MUCH longer.

Charlotte Fong

July 1st, 2009
1:12 pm

I think the people behind BET awards were able to pull of the tribute to Michael off alright, considering the fact that they didn’t really have much time.

At least they wanted to try and the singers wanted to show us how much Michael meant to them and they wanted to talk about how influential he was to them.

If more fans want to say “Thank You” to Michael than please join this website http://www.thanksto.com and add your message of thanks:
http://www.thanksto.com/profile/MichaelJackson2308.html

GEC

July 1st, 2009
2:34 pm

BET – Buffoonery Every Time. Completely disgraceful to have young junior high school girls dancing on stage to that vulgar Lil Wayne and Drake song. And we wonder why 70% of black babies are born out of wedlock? They should be called out and criticized for this. Our people never call anyone to their carpet for their behavior. We just smile and laugh and make excuses. No wonder why other cultures believe that we have no standards or morals.

1 baddman

July 1st, 2009
4:40 pm

Rumor Has It that Chris Brown was invited to perform on the tribute to Michael Jackson but good old Jay-Z of all people throws a hissy fit saying if chris was coming he nor his diva wife was not performing, i don’t care for Chris that much but he has the right to go and perform anywhere he pleased considering the profanity laced program.

Lynna

July 1st, 2009
10:05 pm

I only watched The BET Awards because Chris Brown was suppose to have done a tribute but it was canned because Jay -Z threatened that he and Beyonce weren’t going to perform if Chris performed,well they both could have kept their performances because I really wanted someone to pay tribute to his dance style!BET ought to be ashamed of themselves to let themselves be strong armed into letting some aging rapper and his spotlight seeking wife ruin what could have been a good show but then again who am I kidding,this is BET afterall!

Yvonne S.

July 3rd, 2009
12:35 am

That BET Awards show was the biggest waist of time I have ever seen. It should be posted on hotghettomess.com because we have got to do better. I will just say that Debra Lee should be ashamed of herself and I never really saw a heartfelt tribute to Michael. It was crap!!!!

Charlie

July 3rd, 2009
10:27 am

THE ONLY GOOD PART OF THIS SHOW IS WHEN JANET JACKSON WALKED OUT ON STAGE, I BROKE DOWN CRYING BECAUSE SHE AND MICHAEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN TWINS, THEY PERFORM AND ENTERTAIN ALIKE, THEY LOOK ALIKE, THEY SOUND ALIKE, THEY DANCE ALIKE. NO ONE CAN EVER BE COMPARED TO JANET & MICHAEL WHEN IT COMES TO PERFORMING, MY PRAYERS ARE WITH THE JACKSON FAMILY, AND JANET STAY STRONG AND PICK UP WHERE MICHAEL LEFT OFF THAT IS WHAT HE WOULD HAVE WANTED YOU TO DO. RIP MICHAEL JACKOSN

Keyshia

July 3rd, 2009
10:29 am

This show was ok, BET tried to put it together after only having three days to do it. The only part of the show that I really, really enjoyed is when Michael Jackson’s little sister came on stage, she made me cry, you could see the pain, and hurt in her face, it was so emotional, i love the Jackson family, and Charlie you are right, Michael and Janet Jackson has been imitated by many but they will never be duplicated. I will truely miss Michael Jackson the world Legend. Rip “Michael Jackson” we love you to Janet and the Jackson family.

notaracist

July 6th, 2009
8:42 am

I have to say the show as a whole was a little cheesy. I would like to believe that the producers are professionals and changing the show at the last minute would be stressful but doable. Michael Jackson was an awesome entertainer and loved by all races. So to Jaime dumb-ass Michael did not belong to the black community, thus he probably had more white fans than blacks.

John641

July 7th, 2009
4:36 pm

Very nice site!

nylajackson321

August 22nd, 2009
3:58 pm

hey bruh i really liked michael very much so its like we waz twins cuz basicly im goin through wat he went through people pickin on him all the time i get picked on every day some times i jus wanna be like “can this world jus stop doggin me around” cuz i get sick of it i waz abuse wen i waz younger but really no bodi cared so i didnt care i can dance like michael and sing maybe not like him but i can sing in mii own way i can dance like michael moon walk every thing mii church said i gotta lot of talent so who’s ever readin this im not fakin im serious i hate wen people do stuff like this wen he waz alive yall didnt care but now he’s gone”oohh i miss michael,y he had to leave”but me i liked him wwwaaayyy before he got in trouble for something i no he didnt do cuz dats da type michael dat waz sweat and cared for children not touched dem really all yall aint michael fans yall fakes i bet half of yall didnt even care wen he waz alive now he’s gone u wanna listen to his music or u wanna start dancin like him y yall didnt do that wen he waz alive i dont understand i mean i miss him 2 so much this iz jus a sayin of me speakin mii mind
we goin to miss u michael luv u