The event falls short of the 2017 ceremony, which had the previous record-low audience.
For the second straight year, the MTV Video Music Awards drew its smallest audience ever.
Monday's show drew 2.25 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49. Across eight Viacom-owned channels, it drew 4.87 million viewers and a 2.2 in the demo; both sets of numbers fall short of the 2017 VMAs, which set the previous low. More about the Awards HERE