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‘Dancing With the Stars’ finale: Donald Driver wins, about 17.8 million tune in

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd with the Mirror Ball Trophy (Adam Taylor/ABC)

About 17.8 million people tuned in Tuesday night to see football player Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd waltz off with the hideous-yet-coveted Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing With the Stars,

That’s about 1.5 million fewer people than watched war veteran/actor J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff take home the prize on the finale last fall. And it’s about 4 million fewer people than who watched the previous spring edition — about 21.4 million — when Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were crowned champions.

Of course, this is after a season of little-to-no controversy, save for a minor concussion or back spasm. And on the plus side, it beat the first part of the “American Idol” finale, which aired earlier in the night, and scored approximately 14.4 million viewers.

Here’s the breakdown of Tuesday’s two-hour finale, including a look back at Donald and Peta’s final, country-themed freestyle that likely catapulted them to the winner’s circle.

Emily Yahr covers pop culture and entertainment for the Post. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyYahr.

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