Record viewers flock to 'Duck Dynasty'
August 15th, 2013
03:09 PM ET

Record viewers flock to 'Duck Dynasty'

"Duck Dynasty" continues to paddle in the waters of success.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the A & E reality series broke records with its return on Wednesday night as the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history.  The 11.8 million that tuned in to watch season four of the continued adventures of The Robertson family, who own a duck call manufacturing business, was a 37 percent increase from those who watched the season three premiere.

While it may sound like an unusual concept for a series, USA Today says "Duck Dynasty" is designed as a modern-day sitcom with a rich cast of characters including patriarch and duck-call creator Phil; his wife Kay and sons Willie, the CEO; Jase, who makes the duck calls but would rather be hunting or fishing; and Jep; and Phil's offbeat brother, Si."

Slate asked "Is This America's Best Family Sitcom?" in a piece that points out the Robertsons seem to totally grasp that part of the allure of their show is their abject "otherness"- from the massive beards many of the male family members sport to their down home existence in their native Louisiana Bayou.

"Duck Dynasty has a nearly frictionless relationship with exploitation—as in, you do not watch it and think anyone is being exploited—an extremely rare feat for any reality show, but especially one about the personal lives of its protagonists," the article states. "Duck Dynasty offers the best of both TV worlds: As with a sitcom, you can watch without feeling any creeping ickiness at the lives being upended or mocked for your entertainment. And as with a reality show, you can enjoy genuinely idiosyncratic individuals who are too specific—too Southern, too Christian, too into their guns, too hairy, too rich—ever to appear in a sitcom."

The family is reaping almost sitcom-like profits from the series also with reports that they are now earning more than $200,000 an episode.

What did you think of the return of "Duck Dynasty?"

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  1. arch

    This was funny for the first few shows, then it became a 'same-old' show! I believe people watch it because these people are so dumb. It's almost like they are actors playing a part. I wouldn't put it past some of these networks that have these reality shows to do something like that... Even though they are making money it is pretty sad that these people don't care that they look the part of a really stupid person, especially the two brothers! The one that calls himself the 'ceo', is the one that makes himself look like he has about one neuron firing! If I was forced to watch a show between these bimbos and those girls with the big a.r.s.e.s and the family, I would have to say the duck guys would win out by a large margin!

    August 21, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. dave

    Some sanity is left in the nation then

    August 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • West palm

      How can we know that so many people are watching this show? They never asked me. I watch The First 48 Hours every day, but when these ugly dirty looking red necks come I soon leave. How can people be so naïve not to recognize that the stupid things these people do and say is fed to them?

      August 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Wardimosiveadiano

      i love alaska–the men all look like zz top but they are cool

      August 20, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Observer

    All the men in that photo are secretly gay, except for the midget. He's a pederast.

    August 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. its not like you were not present for these calls because you were..

    file this

    August 19, 2013 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. win50

    ever f-cking time.

    August 19, 2013 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. you heard me talk too the firm about my finances that morning.....according too our log you were on the house phone....


    August 19, 2013 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. Attache what i just said and file under phone discussing she saw joint account. and the day we blocked everyting we blocked everything from her...file all of it

    what did we say too you...your a has been...

    August 19, 2013 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |


    doc her

    August 19, 2013 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. we are designed too know what you can see and what you heard that on a phone call....

    you see what we want you too overheard that call see only enough too get the hack....
    you see nothing...but we know what you see cuz we planted it that way..

    you were present for those calls discussing the money i had, you were present for what we made disappear...YOU WERE HACKED INTO THE PHONE FOR THOSE DiISCUSSIONS

    August 19, 2013 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • you were hacked into all the phone calls when we talked about financial fade were there ...we know you were there cuz we have it on the log...

      doc fat hips

      August 19, 2013 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. million aire...fat hoe hips who does not boff

    you will never see any of the accounts, you will never see what is in italy ... because npd has it...

    August 19, 2013 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. File 2 versions and put her name on it as the hacker....daz it...


    August 19, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  12. You tech is sh=t...don't compare NY tech too Sh-t Tech...Rock504life...

    nail her lies...the only one it affects is the hacker....she's a hacker we attached too the hacker4life

    August 19, 2013 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rock50--hey fat hips!!!

    you see nada cuz we rig too

    August 19, 2013 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
    • our tech rigging is legal....yours is garbage...rock504ever...

      another desperate move and she treats her mate like sh-t and exposes him all over the web like a dog.

      you see sh-t...

      August 19, 2013 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. You will be monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week when i am not you understand your rig information and you are monitored ... your a has been, your are useless too are a liar....POOF life goes in...

    You are illegal we are not...we have final version of every move you make electronically about me

    Do you understand are monitored for over 1 and the other 2 hoe's are monitored.

    August 19, 2013 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. All comments not listen tonight k?


    August 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Phil Robertson

    Everyone should just be HAPPY,HAPPY,HAPPY. & be HAPPY,HAPPY,HAPPY for everyone else.

    When we do that , Now wer'e Cookin with Peanut Oil.


    August 17, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thyme Lee

      Love me some Uncle Si-

      From a busy mom who doesn't have much time to watch TV- my family LOVES this show!! We make time for it! We tell our friends the show is kinda like the Beverly Hillbillies ($$$) meet the Walton's (family). They watch and love it too! In a world that doesn't make much sense these days, Duck Dynasty reintroduces the importance of faith, family, and the awkward pause. Keep it up!

      August 30, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  17. The percheron

    What did you think of the return of "Duck Dynasty?"

    Who cares. This plays to the lowest common denominator in the people realm. Next thing you know they'll be producing a
    luka magnotta" reality series to get the ratings.

    August 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sokman

    If just ONE of those bearded hunks would come out of the closet, maybe then I might start watching this stupid show. Otherwise I'm sticking to my "Real Housewives" programs and soap operas.

    August 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackandgold86

      So are you saying everyone has to come out of the closet for you to watch them. Heck stick to your house wives and soaps we dont need you for ratings.

      August 16, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pliny

      Shows like this are BORING. For one thing, have these hillbillies never heard of the words "barber," "haircut" and "razor?"

      August 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • AD

      I agree with Pliny. Those guys are the dirtiest, most disgusting men I have ever seen. I find their antics amusing, at best, but I can't get into a show while they look like something that was dredged out of a swamp.....yuck...yuck, yuck.

      August 20, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      What I love about the show is it central moral story. Even if some of the family members are weird (SI) there family you love them anyways. I love the fact that they are comfortable in their own skin. Which by a lot of haters in here are not. They don't feel the need to go to a gym they don't feel the need for self improvement books.. Their happy with themselves as is. Wish everyone could live this happy in bliss. Are they morons. Not even close. No moron could make the money they make in the business world without having some smarts. They know their customers and they play to that.

      August 20, 2013 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  19. Her Lille and Eddie reminders....

    are nothing compared too her computer attachement issues....get lost before i doc it

    August 16, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. shelly paull

    they r the most genuine family I have ever encountered..directors and producers can't frame an incident, the Robertson family won't allow it, what u see is what u get, they can join me for dinner anytime in ft.lauderdale, uncle sy is totally happy jack !!!

    August 16, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Barfy McPooface

    I love shootin' n' killin' n' barfin' n' pooin' n' more!

    August 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  22. sultana

    i love this show . it was great last night i cried during the wedding . it was so nice . i would of loved being there they were so happy having fun . greatest show ever .

    August 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Billy Badass

    Y'all just jealous cuz Southerners know how to have more fun. Some people like to believe we're stupid and backwards, but we have fun, we love our families, we treat our women with respect, and we know how to use a gun. Jealousy is all it is.

    August 15, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Uh-chuck! YEEEEEE HAAW!!!! *bang* *bang*

      Yep, we're jealous of how mature and clever you are. And you don't really treat your women with respect, you just try not to beat them.

      August 16, 2013 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Barbara Tomlinson

      Big whoop. You know how to use a gun. Do you know how to be an intelligent human being who can survive WITHOUT hiding behind an object made to destroy life?


      August 19, 2013 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc her

      put her in the file....nobody is going anywhere hon

      August 19, 2013 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
    • the only life she is destroying is her own and 82 people are watching her right now do it....

      doc the betch

      August 19, 2013 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry

      Seriously you own a gun your a moron? Please. What I love about all you bleeding heart liberals is that through out history the person with the biggest weapon, best strategy, and man power wins. This is why when a revolution happens it will be with a gun not with a occupy which by the way how that go for change. Oh didn't do crap congrats on changing the world with sitting.

      August 20, 2013 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  24. Barnacle Bill, the sailor

    Why can't I see their legs in that photo? Are they amputees or something?

    August 15, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • blackandgold86

      All you have to do is watch the show if you are interested in looking at there legs.

      August 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sesame Street

    One of these things, is not like the others...

    August 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Timmy

    Ducks are my favorite mammals. *BAWK* *BAWK*

    August 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  27. palintwit

    Tea billy, nascar loving trailer trash. Just like Sarah Palin.

    August 15, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Midge

      Numbskulls rock! I want a numbskull between my legs right.this.minute.

      August 16, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |

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