John M. Becker

'Duck Dynasty' Ratings Slide Continues

Filed By John M. Becker | January 26, 2014 3:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: A&E, Duck Dynasty, free market, Louisiana, Phil Robertson, TV ratings

duck-deflating.jpgEarlier this month we all enjoyed a little schadenfreude when we learned that ratings for the season premiere of Duck Dynasty -- its first episode since the national controversy touched off by patriarch Phil Robertson's racist and homophobic remarks -- were down nearly 30 percent from the previous season's debut episode.

Well, the slide didn't stop there. Writing in Variety, Rick Kissell reports that episode 2, which aired last week, garnered the show's lowest ratings since 2012:

One week after returning to kick off its fifth season with a 3.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 8.5 million viewers overall, "Duck Dynasty" slid to a 2.9 in the demo and 6.65 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. This is the smallest same-night crowd for an original episode of the series since the second-season finale drew 6.45 million in December 2012.

Again I say:

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