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‘Duck Dynasty’ season 5 premiere down 3.3 million viewers from season 4 opener

Thursday, January 16, 2014
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NEW YORK — Nielsen says “Duck Dynasty” drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere.

While a sizable audience for a cable network reality series, it was down 28 percent from its record-setting fourth season opener in August of almost 12 million viewers.

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A&E noted the number was comparable to the fourth season finale on Oct. 23.

Set in Louisiana bayou country, “Duck Dynasty” follows a family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting.

Wednesday’s airing gave viewers their first fresh look at the series since it got caught up in an uproar.

Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him saying that the Bible views gays as sinners akin to adulterers, prostitutes and swindlers, and that African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws.

Supporters of Robertson’s right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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  1. thats an intense drop

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:17pm
  2. So maybe let’s not promote them anymore

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:17pm
  3. Ha! That’s because everyone hates bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  4. LOL

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  5. Because the show sucks.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  6. Ha

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  7. Yeah

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  8. Good,!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  9. Good

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  10. See ya later duck dynasty!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:18pm
  11. Karma’s a bitch. :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  12. Seriously, why should we care about this? It’s a dead issue.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  13. oh boohoo

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  14. good

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  15. not true….check your facts.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  16. cool

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  17. Capitalism finally Will work

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:19pm
  18. Awesome news

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:20pm
  19. Suck Die Nasty!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:20pm
  20. good take them off the air.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:20pm
  21. Awesome the people have spoken

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:20pm
  22. I know it’s not on my t.v or DVR

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  23. they’re a bunch of inbreeds

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  24. HA HA!!!!!! And the people have spoken!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  25. Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  26. ahahahahah

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  27. Awe shucks!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  28. Never was a fan. It matters not to me!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:21pm
  29. Who cares?! First and foremost they will be millionaires even after the show due to Duck Commander and Buck Commander

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  30. glad i have no tv

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  31. good!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  32. I have also stopped watching A&E because of this situation. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, mine is bigotry is wrong, don’t support it.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  33. As it should be!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  34. The fact that people watched it to begin with is what’s truly shocking.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  35. dump the show.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  36. The longer a show goes on, the less people watch it. It’s roughly the same as those who watched the end of Season 4.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  37. except for Doctor Who.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:28pm
  38. Who cares

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:22pm
  39. They are done!!!! Gone the bigotry!! Gone the racists!!! Gone, gone, gone.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:23pm
  40. U do all realize that if we hate on them for what they believe that ur only doing what they do to us for being LGBT right

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:23pm
  41. Not really. People have a choice to be bigots who base their beliefs on a very selective interpretation of poorly translated monotheistic 'scripture'. Patriarchal religions are not biology. Being LGBT is biology so no 'beliefs' are involved. "Hating" on someone for what they do is completely different than hating on someone for who they are.

    Replied on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  42. Yay!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:23pm
  43. Wood Duck Dynasty…..

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:24pm
  44. Just saying

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:24pm
  45. Cancel them!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:24pm
  46. It had more than a million viewers? I would never watch that shit.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:24pm
  47. I have boycotted a&e completely. Blocked from my channels. :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:25pm
  48. Good, hope it sinks even further.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:25pm
  49. What happened to the Arts and Education on the A&E?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:25pm
  50. what a shame…not!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:26pm
  51. According to them, they have more now. I know I won’t be watching .

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:26pm
  52. Good get rid of the trash show and put something worth watching on!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:26pm
  53. hahaha you reep what u sow

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:26pm
  54. Good hope they go off the air . I’m not impressed with the show I would rather watch Fox News. Which I don’t believe a word from Fox News anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  55. Not amused

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  56. Everything they have portrayed on the show isn’t even real. They all grew out their beards and all decided to do a show. Either way their all morans.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  57. Tired!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  58. It’s such a stupid show .

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  59. Get them the Duck out of there. No viewers, no show lol

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  60. Megan Rogers me too I had to take them out of my newsfeed completely.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:27pm
  61. Nobody likes a bigot

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:28pm
  62. Awesome news.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:28pm
  63. Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  64. Oh well. Never watched it .

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  65. ^ Amanda Williams, criticizing someone’s beliefs is COMPLETELY different than criticizing someone’s sexual identity. Beliefs and opinions are subject to being proven correct or incorrect. It’s not the same, at all, as bigotry towards individuals for their sexuality or identity. If you’re wrong, you’re wrong, regardless of other aspects of your identity.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  66. Stop making stupid people famous.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  67. I never saw the show and never will. It is shows like this and ones like Teen Mom or Keeping up with the Kardashians that make we weep for humanity.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  68. Why are you giving them free publicity? Hire a better trained PR person please.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  69. Love Is Love NO BIGOTS Be Gone

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:29pm
  70. Think it had more to do with telling guys to marry teens to train them

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:30pm
  71. Chelsea Demease, good comment!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:30pm
  72. Good lol

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:31pm
  73. I’m with you Michael Pierce! The “A and E” has gone out of A&E! I mean, Duck Dynasty is what passes for arts and education now? What a joke!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:31pm
  74. Amanda Williams its really not the same. I have never heard of any of us from the Lgbt community killing beating etc people for being straight …….everyday the opnions of this asshat and yhosr like him are fuel for physical violence, discrimination etc. Against us

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:31pm
  75. “Too bad so sad” for them. They were sitting on a cash cow and they effed it up. A&E will only stand by a product that makes them $. Quack back into obscurity now. Buh bye, horrible duck people. Hey, here’s an idea: let’s stop giving backwoods stupidity all the attention in this country. And done.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:31pm
  76. Quacks

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:32pm
  77. I stopped watching a&e when they stopped playing shows I watched. I have no use for the channel.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:32pm
  78. Who cares

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:32pm
  79. Well said Chad Willingham!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:32pm
  80. It couldn’t have happened to nicer people.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:33pm
  81. Agreed, Chad. Hate is a learned behavior, homosexuality is not.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:33pm
  82. good :)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:34pm
  83. So much crying here. His words didn’t hurt any of you but you feign that he did.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:34pm
  84. I not a fan anymore I did not watch the season premiere

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:34pm
  85. Ahh! Poor little homophobic duckies!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:34pm
  86. zzzzzzzzzzzzz…..I didn’t watch the show before.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:34pm
  87. Awesome observation Krissy Gracewood!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm
  88. Glad to hear it!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm
  89. Ha! I’d rather watch “American Idol”…….duh, & that’s not sayin’ much! ;-)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm
  90. Unfortunately I have no clue which one made the gay comment or the one that said the thing about the teens but for straight guys, damn they have drama!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm
  91. Ha ha

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:35pm
  92. That’s bcuz you can only watch idiocy for a short amount of time. I only watched 2 episodes of this crap, trying to figure out what the big deal was….I felt stupid after watching it.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:36pm
  93. This’ll be their last season….

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:36pm
  94. Jerks. A&E is turned on for only one program in our home, and NOT this one.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:36pm
  95. so much for the “dynasty”

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:37pm
  96. PBS’ Downton Abbey opened its fourth season to the tune of 10.2 million viewers. Smoke that Duck Killing bitches.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:37pm
  97. Didn’t like them before, don’t like them now.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:38pm
  98. lol bet he wishes he kept his fat bigoted mouth fuckin shut. hes anti lbgtq, anti woman, and anti intelligence

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:38pm
  99. Not part of solution you are part of problem. …his words perpetuate harm. I stand for all victims

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:38pm
  100. Let them go share their bigotry with the ducks…

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:39pm
  101. Endured a childhood of people like him

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:39pm
  102. I’m just saying we fight to be who we r an to fight to have the freedom to marry who we want it’s also in the Constitution that we have the right to freedom to speech. I think if duck dynasty wants to be a homophobic bounch of people it’s their own prerogative if we leave them be maybe they will leave us be to be who we are is what I’m really trying to get at here I just think this whole thing is silly

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:39pm
  103. great news

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:41pm
  104. That’s because people found out they are fake

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:42pm
  105. That’s about where they ended at last season, before Phil’s homophobic remarks. The remarks didn’t cost then any viewers.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:43pm
  106. Good.To much ignorance in a position to use media for hate.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:45pm
  107. Oh, darn! What a shame. Please read that as sarcastically as possible. Thank you.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:45pm
  108. Aww. What a shame (note the sarcasm).

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:45pm
  109. So sad. NOT!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:45pm
  110. Tony Reeder – but his words did hurt. They were hurtful and frankly quite disgusting. When public figures like him make disparaging remarks against the LGBTQ community, it is meant to be hurtful. People like that are only trying to further disenfranchise and dehumanize us. They would like nothing more than for LGBTQ people to go back into hiding. Well it ain’t happening bub… Every day we hear of more states that are in favor of equality for all. You see the concensus in this country is that it’s time to stop the nonsense. This is the final leg of the civil rights movement… and it’s happening whether you like it or not. Either walk with us into the future, or get the hell out of the way. :^)

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:46pm
  111. I can’t help it that this news gives me great joy! I love it when bigotry and hate backfires!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:46pm
  112. Perfect example of needing to put “Christ” back in Christian. I don’t need HIS interpretation of the Bible. They do not act Christian at all!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:46pm
  113. Had no use for these red neck’s before so not much has changed in home. They are ignorant and don’t realize people are only making fun of them.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:46pm
  114. Still 3.3 million too much!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:46pm
  115. And yet you all can’t shut up about it lol

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:47pm
  116. So, maybe cancel them and promote better shows. With no bigots.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:47pm
  117. whatever

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:49pm
  118. too bad Duckie Dyanstie fans

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:49pm
  119. *talking about hate, everyone pray about it, calling him fat and such, shame shame

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:49pm
  120. what a shame.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:50pm
  121. and who cares.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:50pm
  122. Every duck has it’s day. These ducks’ day is over.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:51pm
  123. I watch tv for news & entertainment. I found no entertainment in that show!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:51pm
  124. I’ve never even seen an episode, nor do I want to watch after that bullcrap.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:51pm
  125. Th’er getting what’s. Comeing to them I hope the dam show goes off the air soon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:52pm
  126. Good , There are enough freak shows on anyway!! Cancel this garbage already!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:52pm
  127. People don’t like stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:52pm
  128. Nicholas see that is your problem and what is holding your movement back. You yell for tolerance but are far from tolerant yourselves. These posts here prove that.

    You demand acceptance but can’t accept others for who and what they are. Take a step back and ask yourself if trying to hurt someone that supposedly hurt you is the way to go.

    Why would people accept you as you are when you cannot return the favor?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:54pm
  129. GOOOOOD WHO WONT TO WATCH UGLY OLD RACIST LIE ON JESUS NAME #2014

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:56pm
  130. Duh.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:56pm
  131. hate and religion KILL

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:56pm
  132. Fuck this show; why is it still even airing?

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:56pm
  133. Good hopefully that show gets terminated asap.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:57pm
  134. Lol hilarious.

    Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 11:58pm
  135. This article doesn’t really apply to lgbtq issues. One member of the show said an ignorant, though not malicious, comment.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:00am
  136. good let the backwood boys go.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:00am
  137. Nicholas Rue, I agree with your statement, whole-heartedly, and want to suggest that the final piece of the civil rights movement is protecting the rights and welfare of children. Thank you for your thoughtful and powerful post.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:00am
  138. Alright!! I don’t know if it’s because people don’t like what that idiot bigot did or that they’ve just gotten sick of this stupid show but either way I’m happy.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:01am
  139. this show is an embarrassment to human kind

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:04am
  140. This is God Justice. the only thing better is if the show was canceled and we never laid eyes on him again… Asta La vista

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:06am
  141. Oh, please, stop this type of programming. It’s disgusting.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:06am
  142. Alright drop it already. We just need to keep moving forward. Who cares what anyone says or thinks….

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:06am
  143. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:07am
  144. The power of hated has grave effects.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:08am
  145. Lmao its because of the glitter hahahaha.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:09am
  146. They can all go eat crow!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:09am
  147. Good! Serves you all right. Fuckheads!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:09am
  148. Suck Dynasty

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:13am
  149. Homophobia and Racist rants are not good for ratings. I am gay and black and latino I used to love the show watch it now forget it.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:15am
  150. What a shame……lol

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:15am
  151. Wow you people whine too much.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:15am
  152. Bunch of, ahem, quacks.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:16am
  153. They sure gave the republicans a torch ….. they are all saying they are Duck Dynasty strong now…. its ridiculous!!!! I thought they were hunting DUCKS…. not “GAYS”…….

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:17am
  154. I have standards and this is waaaaaaaaay below my standards.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:18am
  155. Yay

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:19am
  156. well no shit !

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:21am
  157. I hate them

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:22am
  158. Ignore these assholes and they will go away- they are victims of their own ignorance . So nasty.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:23am
  159. Hate them!!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:23am
  160. How desperate do you have to be to watch this show…

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:25am
  161. my household will not watch them

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:25am
  162. Haters are haters if they’re so religious they would let God judge.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:26am
  163. The man man who would be Moses with a shot gun

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:27am
  164. ‘cuz it’s finally PC to hate bigots! BEEN A LONG TIME COMING

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:28am
  165. Karma is a bitch!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:29am
  166. Just a matter of time !! See ya !!

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:31am
  167. Good, hit them in the pocketbook and maybe they’ll go away.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:33am
  168. Who cares? Unless you actually watch that show, what he said should not effect you. He said he doesn’t understand it, but also that he wouldn’t judge someone for it because Jesus wouldn’t. Everyone just needs to get over it.

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:33am
  169. Good

    Fake rednecks

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:36am
  170. Yeah…I do not watch A&E no more, till they take that show off the air and I’m sure they will…down 3.3 million…..

    Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 12:36am