Duck Dynasty Greeted Back By 8.5 Million Viewers

Nielsen says “Duck Dynasty” drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere.

That audience was slightly higher than for October’s fourth-season finale of the A&E reality show. But last summer, 12 million viewers caught the fourth-season premiere.

Set in Louisiana bayou country, “Duck Dynasty” follows a family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting.

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Wednesday’s airing gave viewers their first fresh look at the series since it got caught up in an uproar.

Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws. Supporters of Robertson’s right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

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