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Diane Anderson-Minshall

'Duck Dynasty' A&E's Biggest Hit

By December 7, 2012

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For years, A&E Network has slowly transformed from a cable channel dedicated to highbrow arts and entertainment into a channel dedicated to, as their official tagline puts it, "Real Life. Drama."

With Duck Dynasty, the transformation is complete.

The reality show, which follows the Robertsons, a family of backwoods Louisiana duck hunters who have made a fortune selling handmade duck calls, has become a bona fide hit, dominating Wednesday night in key demographics.

This week's Season Two finale drew 6.5 million viewers, becoming the most-watched episode in network history. Over the season, viewers increased by 139 percent, pushing Duck Dynasty into the top spot for Wednesday night cable shows (both among total viewers and key demographics).

The Duck Dynasty season finale was Wednesday's top show (on cable and broadcast TV) among adults 18-49. It also garnered the most activity across major social media platforms (as judged by Trendrr.TV, Blufin Labs and Social Guide) of any cable program that night.

If you missed Duck Dynasty's Christmas themed finale, A&E is replaying the one-hour holiday episode Saturday, December 8 at 9PM Eastern. Season Three will premier with new episodes in early 2013.

Learn more about Duck Dynasty.

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December 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm
(1) kae fisher says:

Is it not a Country that allows freedom of speech? Suspending Phil Robertson is a big mistake! It is his right, per our constitution to say what he feels. Now I was more then disturbed by Miley Cyrus having “sex” on stage with a foam finger, but that’s her right to do so. Even though children were watching. What on earth is wrong with A&E? Phil Robertson has freedom of speech, and religion on his side. And A&E will suspend him over that? What is wrong with you?
I’d hate to say I will not watch the show again until Phil is back, because I wouldn’t want the whole Robertson family to suffer. You will feel the backlash of all Americans who see his rights being stomped on, and Phil being punished for speaking his feelings. Constitution people!! This is SO very wrong!

December 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm
(2) Shar says:

Why does society keep pandering to these “special intrest” groups. Why was Phil punished for his right to speak freely. Shame on you A & E. Boooooooooo to you. We won’t be watching until Phil is back.

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