Duck Dynasty aired their fifth season finale, highlighting a family member’s surgery.
The last several months have been interesting for the Robertson’s, America’s first family of the Bayou, amid interview quotes and temporary suspensions, but that didn’t stop the show and the family from sharing the story of young Mia, Jase Robertson’s daughter, who underwent her fifth surgery to address cleft lip and palate issues (Find out more about Mia’s story and donate to the cause at MiaMoo.org).
The heart warming finale was a good one, but not according to ratings numbers.
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Variety reported that Neilson ratings estimated that the recent finale of the show averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49, and 6 million viewers overall.
While still impressive, when compared to last season’s numbers, the finale viewership slipped about 28% in overall viewership (from 9.63 million), and dropped nearly 40% in adults 18-49 (4.3 rating).
Back in December, we reported on father Phil Robertson’s GQ interview, which sparked debate after his quotes went mainstream.
The author of the GQ piece has been criticized for leading questions and the portrayal he gave Phil and the rest of the family, and as a result, A&E suspended Robertson temporarily.
A boycott of the show was initiated in reaction to Phil’s suspension, which triggered a ratings fall as well.
After the season wrapped up, Willie and Korie Robertson sat down with CNN’s Kyra Phillips to reflect on the past year and comment on whether or not the show will continue for years to come.
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