Photo of Kanye West at the 2015 MTV VMAs, by Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Despite plenty of buzz online, this year's MTV VMAs had their worst viewership ever: 5.03 million.

According to Nielsen, it was a 39% decrease from last year's 8.26 million. The lowest record had previously been the 1996 telecast, with 5.07 million.