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Lynette Rice
April 15, 2013 AT 09:51 PM EDT

The MTV Movie Awards not only generated some wild headlines thanks to Aubrey Plaza but it also posted some decent ratings. The annual awards fest averaged 3.8 million viewers, and was up 21 percent versus the previous year among the network’s core 12-34 viewers, according to Nielsen.

The news was even better in the older demographics: MTV saw a 45 percent versus last year among persons 18-34 and a 44 percent jump among persons 18-49. Overall, the telecast averaged 4.8 million among all the Viacom-owned nets that aired it (MTV, VH1, MTV2 and Logo).

The Avengers was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards, where it took home three golden popcorn trophies for Best Fight, Best Villain, and Best Movie. For all the winners, click here.

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