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MIley Cyrus helps twerk VMA ratings

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Miley Cyrus performing with Robin Thicke at MTV's VMAs Miley Cyrus performing with Robin Thicke at MTV's VMAs
NEW YORK -

If it was attention, not approval, Miley Cyrus wanted for her MTV Video Music Awards appearance Sunday night, she was a success.

The Nielsen ratings say more than 10 million people watched the show. That's up 66 percent from last year. The buzz extended to social media, as Twitter set a new record for tweets during her turn in the spotlight. Twitter says 306,000 tweets per minute were recorded as Cyrus twerked, grinded and stripped her way through "We Can't Stop" and her duet with Robin Thicke on "Blurred Lines."

With all the suggestive moves, MTV made one edit: censoring the lyric "Molly" in "We Can't Stop." That's considered a slang reference to the drug Ecstasy.

Miley Cyrus has her critics

The fallout wasn't as big as when Janet Jackson bared her breast at the Super Bowl halftime show, but Miley Cyrus' raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards has drawn her share of critics.

The watchdog group Parents Television Council is criticizing MTV for the content of the show. Dan Isett, public policy director for the PTC asks: "How is this image of former child star Miley Cyrus appropriate for 14-year-olds?"

Ironically, the Parents Television Council lists Miley's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, on its advisory board.

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