Hunting

‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings Plummet After A&E Boycott

‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings Plummet After A&E Boycott

After reacting to Phil Robertson’s comments in a recent GQ article, A&E decided to suspend Robertson from future filming of the show indefinitely. The overwhelmingly large “Duck Dynasty” fanbase took to the Internet and began organizing an A&E boycott, which has affected the show’s ratings by a significant margin.

According to the latest television ratings numbers, “Duck Dynasty,” which held the top spot on cable television’s list with 8.885 million viewers in weeks prior, dropped to only 2.521 million viewers overnight. That’s a 71.6% decrease, enough to prove to A&E that their decision will have serious implications on their viewership.

If “Duck Dynasty” ratings continue to fall, A&E may very well be rethinking their decision to jeopardize the future of the show. In August, the Season 4 premier of the show garnered 11.8 million viewers, setting a record for the most-watched nonfiction television series in the process.

The show has undoubtedly brought outdoorsman culture to the mainstream, however, the recent controversy over Robertson’s comments may unfairly damage the public image of not only the Robertson family, but also hunters as a whole.

Read about the re-popularization of hunting thanks to “Duck Dynasty.”

Despite the network’s ratings plunge, or perhaps due to a pre-planned channel lineup, A&E aired a 10-hour “Duck Dynasty” marathon on Sunday, December 22. Monday’s schedule also includes an 8-hour block of the show.

With the holiday season in full swing, advertisements and viewership become crucial to a network’s success. It seems that A&E have shot themselves in the foot by suspending Robertson, and alienating a huge portion of the show’s fanbase, including some advertisers. That’s probably not a smart move for this time time of year.

How do you think this story will shake out? What are the next steps for the Robertson family, and what are the next steps for A&E? Leave your thoughts below in the comments.

 

Featured image via aetv.com

About Eric Pickhartz

Eric Pickhartz is the Managing Editor at Wide Open Spaces, bringing a mix of outdoors enthusiasm and a journalism background to the site's content on a daily basis. His fishing experience began at a young age on Minnesota lakes, both frozen and thawed, and he has since used seasonal hunts and fishing trips as an excuse to become a better writer and editor. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, son and Chocolate Lab.
21 comments
liftfixr01
liftfixr01

II am 76 years old, the first 15 years of my life was almost a carbon coppy of how they were brought up.anyone who hasent lived this style of life would not understand it . ww2 changed a whole way of life for most folks , the old boss hog rule went out, share croppers moved to towns got jobs, bought baby boomer houses orsmall farms of their own, this started the down fall of the rual way of life,farms cutup into 5 and10 acre blocks posted signs went up ,the old hunters got left out with no place to hunt. it is getting worse every day the small farms are cut up in postage stamp lots the ones who moved to town are moveing back to the country and bringing their dope head kiids with them trying to go back to the old life that is gone forever. ray armstrong

GeneSpooner
GeneSpooner

Are you kidding!?!?! The people who support Phil Robertson are actually Boycotting the show!! If anything they should get the ratings for the show to increase instead of decreasing, especially while they are still airing the shows with him in it. Boycotting it now only shows A&E they did the right thing, especially since the Pro Gay side would more likely boycott it than the Christian fans.


In order for a boycott to work in there favor the need to get the ratings to increase until the shows without Phil, once he's off then boycott those shows. In A&E's mind the drop in ratings will look like it is because Phil is no longer with the show.


Than again I don't watch the show and don't plan to.

HeatherARene
HeatherARene

Robertson family aren't rednecks they are yuppies. Do your research. Just making a freakin mockery of redneck people.

Bible beliefs bs. What does the bible say about long hair.

Bible is turning into an excuse for others ignorance

EmmanuelleGoldstein
EmmanuelleGoldstein

"Robertson’s comments may unfairly damage the public image of not only the Robertson family, but also hunters as a whole"


Not a chance. Phil spoke his mind about his beliefs, which has absolutely nothing to do with hunting. The people that are against the Roberson's and hunting have always been against rural and southern people. They also hate Christians, so noting will change with those haters.

SAvalley10
SAvalley10

Most of the other comments on this page are very deceiving and ill informed. What most of you are stating as Phil's words are actually the words of God in the book of Romas, which was written by Paul on his third missionary journey. I copied the quote from homosapiancapabilis' comment

"They (himosexuals) committed indecent acts with one another." "And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." "They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."

This is a paraphrased version of Romans 1:29 which is speaking of Gods anger because of all kids of sin in the world not just homosexuality. And it is not even speaking of homosexuals here but anyone who sins; which is infact every single person; (excluding his son Jesus Christ) who has ever set foot on this planet.

I encourage you all to look up and read Romans 1 and see for yourself, I pray that you are enlightened.

HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS
HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS

I watched one show and never returned. I wonder why anybody watches? Phil has been talking like this for many years. From a speech he gave at a church in Pennsylvania:


"They (homosexuals) committed indecent acts with one another." "And they received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."  "They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."


I have always believed in the Constitution which makes America a secular society. I find Mr Phil Robertson's speeches to be filled with hate and truly anti American. 



RodEvans
RodEvans

I think that the response of the people on this issue is the type of ground roots campaign that could start a political revolution for the overall good of our nation. Apparently people are realizing that freedom of speech and thought when it comes to morale and religious beliefs are as important as the ultra liberal beliefs of those who are more vocal and push their agendas.  This was not an opinion spawned by hate but bye moral christian belief.  It is hopefully a lesson to the people of this great nation to speak up and let our voices be heard on other fronts, like 2nd amendment rights, freedom of speech, health care, and police state tactics.  

Thank you Mr. Robertson for not shying away from the questions asked and honestly and concisely expressing your opinion.  

michaelmantion1
michaelmantion1

@GeneSpooner  Exactly, ya didn't watch it, I like everyone I know that watched it won't watch it until its on a different network.  I am shocked the current ratings are as high as they are.  

fridrik1
fridrik1

@HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS You speak as someone who is ignorant of America's history.  America is only unique in that it was the first country on the planet to give full religious freedom to its citizens.  What is anti-American is thinking that fundamental biblical teachings should not be given freedom of expressed in the public square.  

LAM0413
LAM0413

@RodEvans   very well said I couldn't have said it any better my self

YottoOtto
YottoOtto

@RodEvans Well said. I agree with you 100%. Phil is a pillar of a man. It would be a privilege and an honor to know him. I'm glad to see that we, as Christians, are finding our voice again. The elite have always been scared to death that we'll wake up, take back our power, and start pushing back. Looks like we're starting to. Finally. 

HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS
HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS

@RodEvans  


America is a Constitutional Republic created as a secular nation. It is not a theocracy. 


First they came for the homosexuals, and I did not speak out--
Because I was not a homosexual.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.


Martin Niemoller

RandyEdwardKing
RandyEdwardKing

@HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS


The term Secularism was coined in the 1860's by a single man reference to a, as yet to be universally defined, personal hypothesis; The U.S. Constitution was ratified a full seventy-five-years before your religion was even thought of.


Every-single founding father was a self professed Christian; every-single-one. Do you honestly believe that self professed Christians set-out to create a Godless nation; are you that stupid?

11B3V
11B3V

Let's not get ahead of ourselves Mr. HSCapilis...no one called for the rounding up and gassing of homosexuals. Why the use of the most extreme example? Why the overly dramatic reaction? The man has an opinion. It happens to be based in scriptural doctrine. Not just Christian, but several other faiths. While some don't consider In a 1794 letter to the Massachusetts Legislature, Samuel Adams wrote, "In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator." it sin, they do consider it unnatural and perverse and frown on it's practice none-the-less. Of course In some Islamic countries it is a capital crime punishable by death...but they are the exception, not the rule. So, what's your beef?

BTW...we are far from a secular nation, nor were we intended as such. The Constitution may not mention "God" by name, but the founders drew the framework of our rights from the "Natural Laws" which to the entire generation of the founders meant "laws of the Creator." Their entire world view was God centered. In a 1794 letter to the Massachusetts Legislature, Samuel Adams wrote, "In the supposed state of nature, all men are equally bound by the laws of nature, or to speak more properly, the laws of the Creator." I don't see any ambiguity there.

People who try to make the argument that we are a secular nation have bought the pablum fed them by the secular leaning, agenda driven education system. Non-secular does not equate to theocracy, that is just another extremist leap. Get over it. Evangelical Christians believe homosexuals are sinners. They believe marriage should be between one man and one woman... Why is that a shock? So do Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, Muslims etc. Face it, despite the facade of main stream acceptance of the same sex agenda, nothing could be farther from the truth...

michaelmantion1
michaelmantion1

@BruceClark1 @EmmanuelleGoldstein @HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS  "force?" "Live as they please" for give me but who is forcing what? a person said he liked women and thinks homosexuality was wrong and he was suspended?  THEN a bunch of hateful liberal anti-christians attacked him and his beliefs on a national stage.  Should everyone be able to "live as they please" hell no... that is absurd to think that society means anarchy. All laws prevent ones ability to "live as they please".  You can't just put up a tent on my yard and say "let me be this way" You can't neglect the welfare of your kids.  Freedom in the US means you get to take part in a representative government where elected officials decide how we all live and what we decide is morally acceptable and legal behavior.  Phil may dislike and speak against sin and immorality, that doesn't make him hateful.  He is preaching to those who CHOOSE to listen to him.  He is not forcing people to listen to him like public schools do.  he is not leading angry mobs, he is not going to people of different beliefs and attacking them.  He was asked in an interview what his views were and he shared them.  The were the same views held by almost every politician since this nation was founded.  His views are inline with America.  the only people who are offended by what he said are those who have trouble with their life style. If a person was being interviewed by a car magazine and he said he loves Toyotas and hates fords, no one should be offended.  I mean if you like ford you can still like fords.  If you get offended it is because you are at odds with your self.  When he said he believes in the traditional family, and thinks homosexuality is a sin, no one should be offended.  Why do you consider someone peacefully sharing their beliefs offensive? why does it fill you and your kind with so much rage, anger, and hatred?  A&E knew their beliefs, they fought them about prayers they fought them about their Christianity, yet they allowed it.  When Phil shared his views, they attacked him.  This is why I will never watch A&E again.  They are hateful and immoral people who think their views are better then phil's or mine.  So keep your narrow minded condescending comments to yourself you little boy....  We are done putting up with your hateful crap. Do you like being called a little boy? Someone telling you their belief is not "FORCING" their beliefs on you.  Why does it bother you so much that someone thinks differently? Are your personal beliefs are so insecure.

If you want to respond then keep the "wake up little girl" type comments to yourself.  If not then I will continue to refer to you as the little boy you are acting like.  

HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS
HOMOSAPIENSCAPABILIS

I find homosexuality to be a strange phenomenon but it does exist in the citizens of America perhaps 1-3%. They have every right to exist in peace with the rest of us. Mr Phil Robertson preached the following in a church in Pennsylvana about homosexuals:

"They're full of murder, envy, strife, hatred. They are insolent, arrogant God haters. They are heartless. They are faithless. They are senseless. They are ruthless. They invent ways of doing evil."

I have not known many homoexuals but have known more than a few. They were nothing like Mr Phil Robetson describes. Some love the Christian God and are tying to be good Chrisians. None of them were inventing ways to be evil. They were not full of murder, envy, and strife.  They were not heatless, faithless, or ruthless. Mr Phl Rbertson's heart is not that of a Christian. What he was describing in his rant was himself. I don't like Mr Phil Robertson as he has evil within himself. 


Like it or not America is a secular nation and that is what was intended.

Trackbacks