Ratings: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Wraps Season Down Sharply From 2013

Duck Dynasty Ratings

A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” wrapped a challenging season Wednesday by bouncing back from its two-year lows of the previous week but still coming in well down from last year.

According to Nielsen estimates, the fifth season-ender of “Duck Dynasty” averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers overall. The hourlong episode made A&E the network leader for all of television in the demo from 10 to 11 p.m., and marked week-to-week improvement of 32% in adults 18-49 (from 1.9 rating) and 27% in total viewers .

But compared to the show’s third-season finale in April of last year, it was down roughly 28% in overall viewership (from 9.63 million) and an even bigger 40% in adults 18-49 (4.3 rating). Its fourth-season closer did a 3.5 demo rating and 8.4 million total viewers.

“Duck,” which was embroiled in controversy over the holidays due to derogatory comments about gays and others made by family patriarch Phil Robertson, peaked with its fourth-season premiere last August (5.0 demo rating, 11.77 million viewers overall) — the largest audience for a nonfiction series telecast in cable history.

“Duck Dynasty” also holds the cable reality record in adults 25-54 (6.3 million), topping the mark set by “Trading Spaces” nearly 10 years earlier. The only cable reality show to ever draw more adults 18-49 than last summer’s “Duck Dynasty” premiere was TLC’s “Jon & Kate” in June 2009 (6.5 million).

Last year among all cable series, only AMC’s “The Walking Dead” did better in reaching adults 18-49.

“Duck,” though, seemed to be cooling toward the tail end of last season, falling below 8 million a couple of times before closing with 8.4 million. January’s fifth-season premiere ratings were lower than many expected, but above where the show closed last season and nearly on par with its winter bow of 2013.

Prior to Wednesday’s season finale, “Duck Dynasty” was averaging a 2.6 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.3 million total viewers in same-night viewing — down a third in the demo and nearly 30% from its 2013 averages (3.9 in the demo, 8.85 million total viewers).

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  1. Marcia Nelson says:

    Are you just plain ignorant?!?!?!? The rate droppings was not because Phil stated his ‘opinion’ which every man, woman and child are entitled to!!!! It was dropped because A&E suspended him and many loyal viewers wanted to boycott A&E!!! I have never seen a better reality TV show in all my 53 years!!!!! It has what America needs. Faith, family love, comedy and Uncle Si. When did this whole country get so bigoted that they can’t respect others views and opinions that they point their dirty fingers and call others what they are themselves?!?!?!? We are losing our freedom slowly but surely and that breaks my heart. Freedom is what this country was founded on. LET FREEDOM RING! GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH! Why have people forgotten this?

  2. BrokeUno says:

    Great show, I love it. I do not watch a & e after the way they handled Phil Robertson. I will be buying season 5 when it is released though. So I am one of the reasons ratings are down. I’d be willing to bet there are several more people like me out there who are boycotting the network, but supporting the Robertsons. Besides, 6 million plus viewers is nothing to scoff at. That’s just the left being bitter losers trying to claim some sort of back handed victory after failing in their attempt to sideline Phil.

  3. Fan says:

    Duck ratings are not down A and E ratings are down. This is why I stopped watching it.

  4. Janie says:

    Time for the rednecks to hit the road. Good riddance. They belong in the dump with the rest of the trash. Grab the cast of CMT’s Party Down South on the way out. And no, I’m not a liberal. I’m just someone who refuses to watch crap reality tv. If I wanted to watch a bunch of low class idiots run around, I’d take a trip to Walmart.

  5. queenladytee says:

    Reblogged this on queenladytee and commented:
    I Have A Huge Surpise For Your Family

  6. Natalie says:

    Who cares..Just some hygienically challenged rednecks gathering for some Duck Dynasty and inbreeding…

  7. mimi says:

    I love the show I don’t know what you are talking about. They have the right what they want to say. Because you are gay the whole country should not agree with what you are. The beast TV show I hope they come back soon. Because I am already missing them. Mia you are cute and may God bless you. You are strong little girl. Keep what you are doing. Which is believe in God.

  8. BigFan says:

    There is an error. This show is anything but “nonfiction.” It’s preppy people with a scheme to put on make up, grow beards and take everyone’s money. The get microphoned and scenes are acted. This is fiction.

  9. My opinion says:

    Sadly the liberal left in Hollywood are still going after this show, they take great pride in reporting the lower ratings, but they fail to report it still is the highest rated show on cable, and they still have great influence on millions of people throughout this country. This just goes to show America how out of touch Hollywood and the vermin in the entertainment industry really are. They would rather force some gay couple or crime or drug abuse show on the American people.

    • Jackson says:

      It is not the highest rated show on cable. The folks from The Walking Dead would like to have a word with you.

  10. Kay stone says:

    Still best on tv great show just not enough of them! Should be more

    • Anne/Jeep worker says:

      Kay, I am with you. Great show!! The Robinson clan is living thee American dream.Hard working people that live off the land.Phil had his adversey in his younger yrs and turned his life over to our Heavenly Father, changed his ways and became successful.Rags to riches that’s. what it’s about AWESOME Our Heavenly Father is the center of there life and I love that especially the family meal and prayer after each episode.Kay and all the girls are so sweet.Grandkids are being raised healthy despite fame. Uncle Si is so HILARIOUS and I get him.However, I like Phil the best, raised his kids right , not into the fast pasted technology,and loves his wife and family. What a great example for all of us,so he made comments that greatly offended some, his not perfect that’s how we grow we learn for our mistakes. They are wholesome and endearing just what this generation needs.When was the last time you heard a younger person answer there elder relatives with yes sir or yes mam.its there family values and light hearted humor coupled with love for GOD that draws me to them. American desperately needs more families on tv like the Robinsons I wish them continued success on there journey. Love Love them!!!

  11. fester "ace" mackelroy jr. says:

    Oh it’s always Duck Hunting season for those Liberal creeps! Always trying to take “out” DD! While they wait for Simon LeBon to step it up on the next album! Well SL never met Phil Roberson or Andy Dick for that matter! The only thing they have in common is D squared! Who cares if the ratings tank? All you need is now!

    • Don’t watch it .I see them as rich idiots trying to get richer,and why for the life of me I don’t understand how people call this and that other show the Kardashins reality.sure the reality is its scripted.

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