10/12/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

MTV Video Music Award Ratings: 8.4 Million Tune In To Watch Britney's Comeback

Even without a performance, Britney Spears worked her magic for the "2008 MTV Video Music Awards."

More than 8.4 million viewers tuned in to Sunday's three-hour music event, a 19% increase over last year's viewership (and 46% higher than the 2006 tally).

Spears' heavily hyped kickoff to the 25th edition of the VMAs included no more than a taped bit with "Superbad" star Jonah Hill and a 30-second introduction, but the night gave the pop star the comeback she tried to achieve last year: Her clip for "Piece of Me" was awarded three moon men, the pop star's first wins in VMA history, including the prize for Video of the Year.

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