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Miley Cyrus' TV Alter Ego Losing Steam?

May 07, 2008 | 11:01am EDT

If Miley Cyrus’ recent TV ratings are any indication, she might want to make a permanent leap to the big screen.

According to the Nielsen Company, which tracks and reports TV viewership data, Cyrus’ Disney show Hannah Montana has been trending downward of late.

And those quick to point to the 15-year-old star’s recent Vanity Fair photo controversy as the culprit would be wrong.

Hannah Montana’s ratings have been gradually dipping since the first new episode of the year, in January, a decline never more apparent than with Sunday’s show.

It was the first new Montana airing in two months, and yet ratings were down 12 percent; furthermore, Sunday’s episode marked a rather steep 26 percent tumble since the beginning of the year.

And even though there’s a new Disney teen queen in town by the name of Selena Gomez (whose show Wizards of Waverly Place is the network’s current gold standard), the Cyrus camp need not fret over mere TV ratings: The multi-hyphenate star has a new music album due in July, a new theatrical movie to be released next year and a recently announced autobiography, which will hit bookshelves next year.

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