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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fall of the Duck Dynasty

Posted by on Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:04 PM

You know how conservatives were all claiming that the market should decide when it comes to the controversy surrounding Duck Dynasty? That boycotts weren't the American way, and that the people should speak up with their eyeballs and their wallets? It looks like the people have spoken. EW's James Hibberd writes:

Though Duck Dynasty was expected by some to return to its biggest ratings yet after its huge controversy last month, the Louisiana-based reality show returned to lower viewership than its previous two premieres.

Wednesday night’s Duck Dynasty season 5 premiere had 8.5 million viewers. That’s huge for a cable reality show, but down 28 percent from its record-setting fourth season debut in August (11.8 million). It’s also slightly down from the show’s third season premiere in February last year (8.6 million).

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It seems premature to call this the effect of the controversy. The fourth season finale was seen by 8.4m people, and the Christmas special by 9m. 8.6m means they didn't see a bunch of new people, but they haven't dropped off measurably except compared with their peak.
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM · Report this
undead ayn rand 2
Sadly, this still costs fuck-all to make, so it'll do fine until we petition for a la carte cable. I'd even pay more to finance the shows I want and not subsidize this shit.
Posted by undead ayn rand on January 16, 2014 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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That's still incredibly good for a cable reality show. It's not going anywhere anytime soon. Sorry.
Posted by Chali2Na on January 16, 2014 at 6:56 PM · Report this
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I would play a hack of Duck Hunt in which you shoot the beards off those guys.
Posted by kentdoggydog http://brianimation.com on January 16, 2014 at 11:42 PM · Report this
LEE. 5
I would settle for a hack that lets you shoot that fucking dog. Something I've dreamed of since I was seven years old...
Posted by LEE. on January 16, 2014 at 11:51 PM · Report this
Dr. Z 6
It's a distraction regardless of whether it's on the way up or down. Raising a fuss about this stupid television show accomplishes absolutely nothing. Let it go already.
Posted by Dr. Z on January 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM · Report this
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so what does Paulie conclude from the relative ratings of MSNBC and Fox News?

what does it mean that white jesus Megyn (yum yum) trounces danny's 'girl' crush Madcow?

Fall of the Liberal Dynasty?

Posted by Paul is pathetic and full of shit on January 17, 2014 at 6:01 AM · Report this
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Neocons rule and with beards.
Posted by Beardy on January 17, 2014 at 6:36 AM · Report this
Kinison 9
I love drinking Republican tears on this one, even more when they claimed Phil's first amendment rights were being violated.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on January 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
I stopped watching
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM · Report this
Allyn 11
I can't speak for a multitude of American tv watchers, definitely, but I will continue to not be interested enough to even note what network it is on, nevermind to take the time to watch it.
Posted by Allyn on January 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM · Report this

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