‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings Down Sharply For Season Five Premiere

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Is ‘Duck Dynasty’ paying the price for patriarch Phil Robertson’s controversial interview with GQ magazine or are loyal Robertson fans punishing A & E for its brief suspension of the family’s leader?

Ratings for Wednesday night’s fifth season premiere, which was the first new episode since the remarks led to a firestorm of criticism, were down 3.3 million from last summer’s record-breaking season four launch but on par with last winter’s premiere.

That show was seen by 11.8 million viewers, a record for the reality series on A & E.

Some experts had even expected a ‘scandal bump’ increase in the show’s ratings.

They thought supporters would turn out in large numbers as a response to A & E’s decision to briefly suspend Robertson over his comments on homosexuality and racism.

Retail chains have tried to cash in on the controversy with new displays of ‘Duck Dynasty’ merchandise.

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