‘Duck Dynasty’ Rises, Auds Flip for ‘Wahlburgers’ on Wednesday

Wahlbergs Duck Dynasty Ratings AE

New A&E show draws more than 4 million viewers in second week

One week after it fell to its lowest ratings since 2012, A&E’s unscripted dynamo “Duck Dynasty” rebounded some on Wednesday while the net’s new “Wahlburgers” picked up even more steam.

According to Nielsen, “Duck Dynasty” grew slightly in adults 18-49 rating (2.95 vs. last week’s 2.92) but showed meaningful gains of 10% in adults 25-54 (3.33 vs. 3.02) and 13% in total viewers (7.49 million vs. 6.65 million). Last week’s viewership had plunged 21% from its fifth-season premiere on Jan. 15 (8.88 million), so any kind of uptick is important.

Among adults 18-49 and other key demos, “Duck” was the No. 1 show on all of television in the 10 o’clock half-hour. It was also Wednesday’s No. 2 program overall in 18-49, behind only Fox’s “American Idol” (3.8 rating).

“Duck Dynasty” may also have benefited from synergy with docu-series “Wahlburgers,” which held onto more of the vet’s lead-in than last week.

“Wahlburgers,” which follows Chef Paul Wahlberg and brothers Mark and Donnie as they run their family’s burger joint in Boston, averaged a 1.68 rating in adults 18-49 this week, up 8% from its premiere (1.55). It also surged 23% in total viewers, rising from 3.26 million to 4.02 million.

At 10:30 p.m., it tied for second place in adults 18-49 with NBC’s “Chicago P.D.” and behind only FX’s season finale of “American Horror Story: Coven.”

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  1. u people are really dumb says:

    Wow.. I love how religion and politics is being brought up when it has nothing to do with it! “Its dos dayum liberals!”.. freedom of speach doesn’t mean jack when you sign a contract. If he believed gays should get executed, does it make it alright? No! He’s on a heavily produced show on a network. He said some racy stuff that shouldn’t have been said. Its a slap in the face to the network. As simple as that! If you’re getting loads of money handed to you, don’t go and say stupid sh*t! AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

  2. L. Warren says:

    I heard you are going to stop your shows, please don’t everyone enjoys watching them. The reruns are getting very old. Please keep making new ones with all your family members. I don’t like the way Jep is left out of the t-shirts and alot of things. Keep up the great work. We love your show & pray for your family.

  3. SFSolstice says:

    I’m here. I am a GAY Democrat who loves Duck Dynasty (but the I was raised in the Midwest with good old Southern Values) and thinks Phil has a right to his own opinions. I think having to be PC is a typical liberal reaction to the Christian value of telling the truth. My grandma taught me the importance of telling the truth about what you believe long before I realized I was gay. I guess that makes me a GAY QAUCKER who enjoys Duck Dynasty for exactly what it is. Perhaps its the reason I am a moderate and reasonable democrat instead of a flaming liberal. LOL. Duck Dynasty followed by Wahlburgers is one great hour of reality TV. Best of luck to them both. Cheddar Cheese and hold the pickle please!

    • klj45 says:

      Thanks for posting your views. I’m a moderate republican that’s been around for a long time and times sure have changed. There is way to much censorship on things like this and way too little our rights. It used to be that the conservatives were painted by the media as the censoring, overbearing, my-way-or-the-highway party. Now it’s the more liberal side that embraces that stance if someone vocally opposes them. Everyone has the right to speak their views, even if it’s against the flaming liberals. It’s unrealistic to believe that A&E didn’t fully know the Robertson family’s views on potentially “hot’ issues. Duck Dynasty is a fun show to watch. It’s the best family show I’ve seen in a long time and showcases respect for your parents in all the generations…even when you don’t always agree.

  4. Jimmy Beam says:

    Where are all the know it all liberals now?? If the ratings where down they would be telling everyone how they run sh*t!!

  5. Juan Ramone says:

    Yortnot to judge somebody til you’ve fixed a John Deere tractor with ’em.

  6. Anne says:

    I live duck dynasty. The show is wholesome, no cussing, family values. Also pranks and laughs. I think uncle Si is hilarious. Those guys are college educated hard working Christians making it in America love love love it!!

  7. djfitzgerald111 says:

    Reblogged this on SouthSide Danny.

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