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Donald Driver's smiling, but 'Dancing With the Stars' finale stumbles

"Dancing With the Stars" winner Donald Driver now has a great-looking Mirrorball Trophy to go along with his Super Bowl ring. But the news for ABC after Tuesday's season finale wasn't as nice
"Dancing With the Stars" winner Donald Driver now has a great-looking Mirrorball Trophy to go along with his Super Bowl ring. But the news for ABC after Tuesday's season finale wasn't as nice.

The two-hour extravaganza that crowned Driver and his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, averaged 17.5 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That's the least-watched "DWTS" finale ever and down 18% compared with the numbers a year ago. The most-watched finale was in November 2006, with 27.5 million tuning in.

Even so, ABC still won the night among total viewers. But Fox, which scheduled its "American Idol" performance finale at 8 p.m., was dominant among young adults, despite "Idol" ratings that were themselves at record lows.

What did you think of the "DWTS" finale? Why do you think its ratings hit lows?

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-- Scott Collins
twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd hold up their trophies on Tuesday's finale of "Dancing With the Stars." Photo: Adam Taylor / Associated Press

 
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