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The "Worst" Bachelorette Ever?!

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Ashley Hebert, The Bachelorette
Ashley Hebert, The Bachelorette ABC/CRAIG SJODIN

The finale's over. The final numbers are in. And the verdict's loud and clear.

Among Bachelorette stars, Ashley Hebert is no Ali Fedotowsky.

RELATED: Our blow-by-blow-by-bended-knee recap of last night's show

One season after Fedotowsky's edition scored the franchise's best ratings in years, Hebert's tied for the second-lowest numbers among coveted young-adult viewers.

Not only that, blogs from BuddyTV to TV Junkies Unite! asked if this was the series' "worst" season and/or if Hebert was the "worst" Bachelorette.

Fortunately, for the show and its star, it's summer, competition wasn't stiff, and The Bachelorette actually never lost a Nielsen match.

True to form, last night's finale was easily Monday's most-watched show, averaging a season-high 9.5 million.

And, yes, also true to form, Hebert's finale was down millions from Fedotowsky's.

Meanwhile, here's a quick look at the TV week's ratings winners, per the just-released rankings:

• True Blood: Another steamy night, another Top 10 cable finish, with 5.2 million viewers.

• Curb Your Enthusiasm: Somebody pour water on Larry David, he's on relative fire, with 2.1 million viewers.

• Breaking Bad: Still slipping from its record-setting fourth-season premiere, but still on the high side for the Emmy-winner (1.7 million viewers).

Belly floppers and junk dealers: The Professor Splash-graced America's Got Talent was the most-watched broadcast show (11.5 million); Pawn Stars (7 million), the No. 1 cable show.

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