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JAN
23
10 MOS

TV Ratings: 'Duck Dynasty' Slips to 6.7 Million After Premiere

Down 21 percent from its season-five opener, the A&E show still tops cable for the night with viewers and adults 18-49.

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Duck Dynasty is still Wednesday's cable champ, but it faltered a bit in the second episode of its fifth season.

The A&E show averaged 6.65 million viewers at 10 p.m., down 21 percent from last week's opener. It's a somewhat predictable dip from a premiere, though it strays a little far from last season's 9.4 million average.

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As the top 10 p.m. showing across all of television in the targeted adults 18-49 demographic, Duck Dynasty was down half a point for a 2.9 rating. Although lower than usual for the series, it's still significant. Aside from American Idol (4.0 adults) and Modern Family (3.4 adults), Duck Dynasty brought a bigger demo haul than any other Wednesday TV.

Duck Dynasty's fifth season comes on the heels of a December spent in the headlines. Star Phil Robertson's controversial remarks about gay people and the Jim Crow South prompted A&E to put him on a brief hiatus and drove many to call for his reinstatement. More than 250,000 people signed a petition to put him back on the show.