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Its well-performing programming recently helped MTV close out 2010 with its largest year-over-year ratings gain since 1999. In the fourth quarter of 2010, the network saw a 24% increase in ratings from the same period a year earlier, marking its fourth consecutive quarter of growth. Viacom shares closed up 0.09%, or 4 cents, at $46.75 on Friday. -- Written by Theresa McCabe in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Theresa McCabe. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to @TheresaMcCabe. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.