‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Ratings Down 28 Percent After Anti-Gay Controversy


Duck Dynasty returned to A&E last night for its fifth season, and the ratings are down following controversy over Phil Robertson's anti-gay remarks, EW reports:

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). A&E notes the number up slightly from the fourth season finale on Oct. 23 (though obviously it’s standard to compare premieres to premieres).

Robertson was placed on a short hiatus following the remarks and got a scolding from A&E and a few sponsors, but didn't end up losing a single one for his statements in GQ, in which he said homosexual sinners were going to hell like terrorists, prostitutes, and drunks.


  1. JMC says

    It’s stilly hugely successful but it’s nice to know 30% of their viewers had a conscience at least, especially with my expectations for the shows ratings to increase.

  2. Randy says

    We shouldn’t forget that it wasn’t just an anti-gay controversy.

    It was an anti-gay, racist, pro-molestation controversy.

    Even if the show is still “strong” by today’s standards, any slip in ratings will be reason enough to replace it. TV’s “golden age” is mostly filled with urine, but those who like urine probably prefer it without pus and other discharge.

  3. Nick says

    Sponsors Include:

    HOME DEPOT (DIY Big Box Store)
    DARDEN RESTAURANTS (Olive Garden, Red Lobster)
    UNDER ARMOUR (Under Clothing)
    SKYJACKER (Truck Suspensions)*
    WALMART (Major Retailer)
    CRACKER BARREL (Restaurant)

    * Christian Company proud of Phil’s stand.

    It’s sad to see Home Depot on this list, I was already boycotting the rest of them.

  4. Francis says

    The show likely lost viewers to American Idol. Plus it’s ratings have been slipping since the middle of last season anyway. Looks like Duck Dynasty has gone from a consistent 10-12 million views to about a consistent 8-9 million.

    The controversy probably hurt the show but I doubt all those or more than a slight majority at most, stopped watching Duck Dynasty because of Phil Robertson’s comments.

  5. Dearcomrade says

    The crap the the old guy spouted does not bother me (you expect a redneck to talk out their ass, that’s what ignorant bible thumping redneck’s do)as much as the guy with the American flag bandanna.

    A check of his biography on line says bupkis of his ever serving in the military. A real chicken hawk that one is. Cowards love to hide behind the flag.

  6. Jeanette says

    I think Duck Dynasty beat the premire of IDOL…..They went up against each other so that is probably why they lost some viewers….Ducks Dynasty is the funniest show ever…. Hollywood has never created such amazing characters…And Phil is one of the best role models ever…. He follows the scriptures, admits when he has not followed God and wants no one to perish and everyone to be saved…That’s called LOVE

  7. says

    And it will only get worse.

    The truth behind this contrived ‘reality’ show has been revealed. Rich country club set pretending to be a backwoods southern family. Now the country knows the clan leader is a racist, misogynist, homophobe.

    Southerners with minds & hearts aren’t fooled. They have gay relatives and 15 year old daughters.

  8. Ricky says

    This is the beginning of the end for Duck Dynasty – they have been revealed to be the ugly, narcissistic, vain, preening, greedy, grubby, guttersnipes who pimp out their family, their faith for a blessed buck. Anyone with an education saw them for the ugly lazy frauds they were from the start. Only a government-check-getting conservative – and is there any other kind – could watch a bunch of half-men – and the desperately unhappy women married to them — sitting around doing nothing while getting paid and think that was entertainment.

  9. rallyxx says

    Dont celebrate too much yet. Every show has its ups and downs. To me, this is not staying long. Come on, ignorance always wins at the end. Their target demo isn’t going to get affected by this controversy. If at all, it will boost them even higher.

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