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'Duck Dynasty' greeted back by 8.5 million viewers

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 10:27 a.m. HST, Jan 16, 2014

NEW YORK » Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere.

That audience was slightly higher than for October's fourth-season finale of the A&E reality show. But last summer, 12 million viewers caught the fourth-season premiere.

Set in Louisiana bayou country, "Duck Dynasty" follows a family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting.

Wednesday's airing gave viewers their first fresh look at the series since it got caught up in an uproar.

Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws. Supporters of Robertson's right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

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seaborn wrote:
Headline should read, " "Duck Dynasty" greeted back by 8.5 million viewers that can't comprehend that a majority of the show is staged and fake just to get folks with single digit I.Q. scores to tune in.
on January 16,2014 | 09:40AM
serious wrote:
I was surprised they didn't have Paula Deen on with one of her souther duck recipes--and buttered country buns.
on January 16,2014 | 09:46AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Actually KBFD Korean drama had "I married Three Times" in the same time slot. I rather watch Korean drama then "jibberislism"
on January 16,2014 | 09:52AM
geralddeheer wrote:
12 million to 8.5 million. Like "Dog the Bounty Hunter" the show end is near. The show has had a good run. It is not out of the realm of probability that all the controversey was an attempt to build ratings. Remember this is show business.
on January 16,2014 | 10:15AM
ezridah wrote:
heeee hawwwwww!
on January 16,2014 | 10:38AM
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