BritneyIt’s the bulge that they’re all talking about today at MTV. MTV sez that Monday was’s busiest day ever "by far" with 2.6 million unique visitors, up 40% over its previous record-high, which was day after last year’s VMAs.

MTV also reports that it has beamed out more than 7 million video streams of show snippets, a record that beats last year’s 6.7 million streams during the same period, and on Sunday night it delivered some 871,000 streams of the full-blown VMA telecast through its MTV Video Music Awards On-Demand service. So while these bulges aren’t attached to any of Britney Spears’ body parts per se, her much-panned perf helped drive a whole lot ‘o this traffic — undoubtedly more than if the critics had been raving or even lukewarm about her big comeback effort.

Using the old-fashioned Nielsen ratings yardstick, Sunday’s live VMA telecast drew an average of 7.1 million viewers, up 23% from last year, when the show’s ratings tumbled precipitously. In the MTV target demo of 12-34, kudocast drew 5 million viewers, also up 23% from last year’s low ebb.

Meanwhile, David Letterman came up with some face-saving (belly-saving?) excuses for why Britney bombed so badly on Sunday in his Top Ten list on Monday’s show. (Click here for the clip.) Among the highlights:

No. 9: I haven’t been myself since Phil Rizzuto died.

No. 3: Uh…global warming.

No. 1: Wanted to get myself on Oprah like Dave.

(Pic of Britney Spears by John Shearer/WireImage)

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