'Duck Dynasty' Fifth Season Premiere Draws 8.5 Million Total Viewers

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January 16th, 2014


Duck Dynasty drew 8.5 million viewers at 10 p.m, dipping just 400,000 from the December Christmas special but down a substantial 3.3 million  from last summer's  fourth season premiere. Among adults 18-49, Duck Dynasty drew 4.2 million viewers.

  • Hardline_Pro

    No doubt this is going to take a toll at American Horror Story.

  • Dante


    What will take more of a toll on American Horror Story is just how BAD AHS is. :P

  • Ann

    Glad to see it going down. Interesting that it skews so old.

  • Richie

    Hope it continues to fall. Bigots

  • Dan

    @Ann – well considering the 4 leads look like they’re in their 100s, that could have something to do with it.

    I’m more surprised that the recent controversy didn’t have more of a positive impact on the ratings.

  • Bruce

    Maybe the ratings are a reaction not to DD but to A&E’s response to DD. A little ratings payback.

  • Timmy G

    Good. The only true justice for Robertson’s hate speech was for the ratings to fall. I’m not even that mad at him, of course he would have an opinion like that, but you don’t vocalize it for millions to hear. I’m mostly mad at A & E trying to have it both ways for the all mighty dollar.

  • Carmen

    3.6 demo and 8.5 million.

    A mixed bag. Still extremely good for a cable show, but down quite a bit from last season and from most expectations.

    However, how it does in the next few weeks will be a better gauge. Up until the last day or so, I saw very little advertising for its return.

  • JJA

    These are still incredbile numbers for cable.

    Consider that The Walking Dead finale back in december got 12 million viewers, and the Breaking Bad series finale got 10 million.

    A typical episode of Pretty Little Liars gets 3-4 million, and Game of Thrones rarely gets over 5 million.

    So these rednecks do pretty well.

  • Hardline_Pro

    @Dante – AHS isn’t bad. It’s my favorite show and it’s much better than this dumb Duck Dynasty reality crap.

  • JOE

    I didn’t even know there was a new DD on last night…I think that has more to do with the ratings than anything else. To me A&E is trying to have a low profile on this matter, not advertising it though was a huge mistake…they could of made this an “event” instead they said little and the ratings still came in.

    Either way, I don’t consider DD as bigotted as someone said above, they expressed their opinion…big deal

  • Carmen

    @ Ann

    Glad to see it going down. Interesting that it skews so old.

    It may be going down, at least this week, but it doesn’t skew old. Its at almost a 50% demo viewing %.
    That is usually only achieved by CW shows and Animation Domination.

  • Danny

    Why is it premiering now as opposed to the Summer like last year? That’s where the real difference is. I don’t think the recent controversy is going to hurt the show at all.

  • jose

    i hate thad stupid show

  • Terry

    @Danny because A&E doesn’t have anything else to show. Trying to strike while the iron is hot. That’s why all they do is air repeats of Duck Dynasty.

    Also AHS >>>>>>> Ducky Backwoods Dynasty

  • psychic

    Duck Dynasty is sporadically funny; if you’re willing to accept that it’s almost certainly scripted, it somehow gets funnier. In my humble opinion, of course.

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    Just barely beat Modern Family?

    3.6 demo and 8.5 million

    Doesn’t it work out to a 3.3 in the demo?

  • dan

    I don’t understand the fascination with this show or any other reality show. It was all about ahs last night for me! Very good episode!

  • Mark

    > Glad to see it going down. Interesting that it skews so old.

    It doesn’t skew old. The only demographic it skews is right wing, unintelligent, biblethumping rednecks.

  • Lindsay

    The bubble has burst. I’m glad to see the ratings are down substantially from last year’s premiere. Someone who kills innocent animals, says that homosexuals are going to hell and are evil, denies that black people were mistreated before the Civil Rights movement, and who is a pedophile himself and advocates pedophilia where men should marry young girls, 14/15 year-olds so they can control them should not be on the air in the first place.

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