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Duck Dynasty Ratings Plummet: Time For New Scandal?

    February 22, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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Scandals are great for ratings.

It had looked like the “mispeak” by Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson would do wonders for the show.

After A&E threatened to remove the beloved patriarch, thousands rallied and the network changed its mind. What also may have helped reverse A&E’s decision may have been all the merchandise flying off shelves and the promise of a larger viewing audience thanks to all the publicity brought on by the controversy.

But nothing lasts forever.

The show’s ratings are down from last season among audiences, particularly in the highly coveted 18-49 age range.

While the ratings loss is not yet enough to order a coffin to put the series in, it does suggest the series has lost whatever steam was gifted to it by previous water cooler conversation. There’s always something new to gossip about or be angry about and nobody cares about Duck Dynasty anymore.

When nobody cares about a show on the decline, that’s a sign that something drastic may need to be done in order to turn things around.

But what can the Robertson clan do to get tongues wagging again?

They’ve already got the homophobia and racism boxes checked. Perhaps a scandal involving a long lost child from a secret affair should show up on the show. Let’s say a gay black son named Ambroise who votes Democrat, hates meat because he’s a vegan, and resents prayers at the dinner table because he’s an atheist.

Scandalous.

Or they can up the ante by revealing themselves to be clean-shaven ultra-rich yuppies who once upon a time looked like Abercrombie and Fitch models and only donned the camouflage print and the unsightly facial hair when, in the tradition of Vince McMahon’s WWE, it became profitable to design an image to cater to America’s “salt of the Earth”. That is, those people who think wrestling story lines are real and believe every word of everything ever said on television.

Whichever route the Robertson’s take, something major will have to happen. A television audience rarely sticks around to be bored by a show for very long.

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  • pete14789

    what an insult ,,wrestling fans know its fake…DD fans thought it was real

    • RLC

      Not really. What DD fans believe is “real” about the Robertsons is not that
      they just sit around a warehouse thinking of humorous ways to occupy their time.

  • lags

    Too predicable. it was funny for the first year after that kind of same ol’ thing.

  • Livingston Hampton

    If in fact the ratings are dropping, then I do agree that something drastic may need to be done. However, the last thing this show needs is to turn into THE REAL REDNECKS OF MONROE, LOUISIANA. There are already far too many of these types of trashy reality shows dominating television, and what made Duck Dynasty so unique in the first place is that it’s about a wholesome family with moral values.

    • Jessie Phillips

      they are located in West Monroe, Louisiana

  • Pandora403

    I still like the show but I don’t like all of the commercial interruptions for a 30 minute program. I doubt less ads will ever happen but that’s one reason I don’t watch DD as much as I used to in the past. It’s better watching it On Demand when I remember to turn it on.

  • elvischannel

    How about a clean shaven Phil Robertson in a shower, letting us all know that all the past seasons were a dream?

  • Larry Rhodes

    Who ever wrote this article is a moron and a big part of the problem we have in this country!!! Phil’s statements were NOT racist or homophobic!!! He was stating his beliefs as is his right!!! He did not direct his comments at anyone!!! He was not insulting anyone!!! He did not tell anyone how they should think or believe!!! Its people like you that blew this way out of proportion!!! And by the way, I rarely watch the show but I do support the wholesome Christian family values they exhibit, not only on the show, but in their daily lives off camera!!!!

    • TVisNOTreality

      They are playing characters on a TV show, ITS NOT REAL, nor REALITY! you don’t go from clean cut, v-neck sweaters, to camo and beards. Its all for the ratings and money, or do you believe everything the TV tells ya? What’s wrong with you people. The only values they exhibit are the ones they are paid to exhibit. DUH!

      • hopstat

        I know someone who went to high school with Jase and he said that this is exactly how they have always been. Not that the show is reality but they are good, Christian men and women. I am very sure they there would be all kinds of stories about them if they weren’t.

        • Eeta mea

          they are simply redneck bigots who espouse values found in the west virginia hills………… incest – animal sex – and hatred of gays………

          • chrisbieber

            but not like the coward “Igor”‘s seething hatefilled REAL not imagined biased bigot values!! …who appears NOT inbred(despite the photo’ “Igor” chose!) but a lab Creation of life attempt with 22 chromosomes gone awry and cast out with the rest of the lab dross…..how Igor who was your Harvard graduating class reunion??

          • GM

            I say to Igor Izalovichski: “You are a very sick man”.
            The hatred shows in your writing.

          • Gunner

            Believe me dude, you don’t have to be from the West Virginia hills to hate gay’s!!!!!!

          • bluemoon

            lol… that is so true!!! :)

          • TR

            You are right, Gunner! There are ignorant bigots everywhere! Good on you!

          • sdawg

            first off jerk im a Christian and im not a bigot or a redneck or live in west Virginia so why don’t you get your facts straight!!!

          • Jessie Phillips

            evidently you speak from experience and have never watched the show

          • pete

            Hey Igor, ever been to the hills of West Virginia you gutless name calling piece of &$%T!

          • bluemoon

            well said!!! :)

          • TR

            Lose the anger, nwo5150 and grow some balls. afraid of people just because they are gay. what a wimp.

          • Mercyneal

            Really? Gee, that’s weird. Phil Robertson has a Master’s Degree in education and taught school before starting his company. Willie Robertson has a business degree and made the Duck Commander into the empire it is now. He also adopted an African American baby boy.

            And what have you done with your life?

          • Mercyneal

            They live in Louisiana. Phil Robertson’s grandfather was a judge. But don’t let the facts get in the way of your extremely weird and hateful rant.

      • Jessie Phillips

        they are not “characters” we used to shoot their duck commander commercials before there ever was a “duck dynasty”. That is how they are

      • chris

        Just so you know that you are way off base and have no clue what you are talking about, I personally know the whole family. I went to school and graduated with them. Yes, true they were clean cut at one time earlier in their lives when they were in school and shortly after that but I can tell you that the beards came out early in the 90’s way before Duck Dynasty. I have been seeing the beards for years. I can also tell you that their values have ALWAYS been what you see today. I can promise you they are not being paid to “Exhibit” these values. Those values have always been there. I usually don’t respond to ignorant people like yourself but I am tired of people putting down the type of people they are. If you don’t like them, don’t watch the show but don’t try to persuade other people as to who they really are because you obviously have no clue who they are. Trust me I do and they are everything they have always been.

        • Renee

          Thank You!

      • Eduardo Esteban Estes

        First of all genius they make no secret the boys at one time didn’t have beards. Phil has had one for decades. So stop acting like the pseudo genius and that you found some scoop. They even showed pictures of themselves without beards on the show. Get a life!

    • RealTalk

      He may have been exercising his rights when expressing his beliefs, but
      his beliefs were racist and homophobic. Yes, it is in his rights as an
      American to express his beliefs, but that doesn’t mean that people have
      to like or support what he said. Americans also have a right to speak up
      against his expressed beliefs and to speak out against racism and
      homophobia. We have the right as Americans to virtually say whatever we
      want without be prosecuted by law, but that doesn’t mean that we can go
      around saying whatever we want without any consequences. If one chooses
      to share their beliefs, one must still be prepared to deal with the
      social backlash of exercising their right to free speak, or one may
      chose to keep their racist and homophobic thoughts to oneself.

      • john miles

        I would agree with you, but why do you think that standard should only apply to the right? I remember years ago someone asking me what I would say or feel if I had a child who was gay. I said that I would accept the child but i would make sure to tell them that they have no right to expect anyone else to accept them. Frankly, I think that everyone should have the right to do as they please so long as it is peaceful and lawful, but they do not have the right to change the law—which would include the legal definition of marriage– to suit their whim.

        • Christine

          Why do you think he was only applying it to the right? I didn’t get that from his comment. I am a firm supporter of freedom of speech (but to a degree – I don’t want anyone yelling FIRE in a crowded theater), but whatever you say is fair game for criticism. People talk smack on social media all the time and then get upset when there is a huge blow out of an argument because of it. Don’t want the controversy then don’t invite it. He said something that was to be printed for millions to read. People got offended and upset and voiced their anger and the DD supporters asked why he shouldn’t have freedom of speech. He did have that freedom and the people that voiced their anger about his comments had that same freedom. If you don’t like something that’s OK but you don’t necessarily have to get on a podium or a soap box and yell about it, even though you have that right as an American. You might not like what happens next as Phil found out the hard way (I read he was upset by all of the backlash). Bottom line: a little kindness would go a long way from both sides of the political spectrum. Life is hard enough for most people.

          • john miles

            Yours is a fair question and I will answer it as honestly as I can. I do believe in free speech with certain exceptions such as yelling fire in a theater. The problem in this country at the moment though is the left—and yes only the left–think that they should have the right to destroy the career of anyone who says anything they don’t like. I would never object to anyone being critical of something a person–especially a public personality— says. But regarding the Duck dynasty people, radical homosexuals and other leftists were trying to force the program off of the air. They even tried to intimidate retail stores that carried Duck Dynasty merchandise to pull it from their shelves. It was only the popularity of the show and the profound—and all too rare–backlash from the right that thwarted the homosexual/leftists in their attempt at economic blackmail against A&E and the retailers who carry the shows merchandise. That kind of blackmail, like any other type of blackmail is just plain wrong.

        • TR

          I said that I would accept the child but i would make sure to tell them that they have no right to expect anyone else to accept them. – Seriously john miles? I hope you are not a parent. What a way to support the mental/emotional well being of your child. Very sad.

          • john miles

            Actually, I think that is a very real, accurate and helpful piece of advice. Many people, especially in the western world have a foolish sense of entitlement. You have the right to be whatever you are and do as you please so long as it is peaceful and lawful. You have no right to expect anyone else to accept it. For that which you are proud of there should be no problem, you will do as you please and those who don’t like it can kiss your butt, right? However, anything that you are not proud of or would seek to force others to accept, well perhaps you should take a second look as to whether or not it is the right thing. True virtue need not beg for or demand acceptance.

          • TR

            John Miles, let me get this right…because someone is born gay, they do not deserve the same rights as you and other straight people. John, you see nothing wrong with that statement? How about this, try to get out of your head for a moment and imagine that you happened to be the person born gay. It could just as easily have been the situation with you and it could just as easily be the situation for your kids (if you have or will have them). Would you not speak up and seek equality?

          • john miles

            I have never said that gay people do not deserve the same rights as me. They do in fact have the same right. I have no right to insist that marriage be redefined so that I can legally marry my favorite water buffalo, or any five women of my choice just as gays do not. Any gay person has the same right I do to marry a person of the opposite sex. As for wanting my kids to stand up for themselves, of course. But I do believe that the cure for speech that we don’t like is more speech. Unfortunately, far too many people these days want to practice the philosophy of “free speech for me but not for thee—yes that was a book title from about twenty years ago. This problem has been around that long. You are entitled to your opinion and you should stand up for it, but you do not have the right to suppress the free speech of others, frankly that is one of the few things that would justify civil war.

          • TR

            Um marrying a water buffalo or five women are not the same as marrying a person you love who just happens to be of the same sex. Good job there. And reality check here. What if I said to you I have no problem with your being straight, but you can’t marry a woman, only a man. Seriously? I do feel for your kids or other people who may be influenced by what you say. Your judgement is so far off the mark. We all are entitled to equality and love.

          • john miles

            Interesting your use of the word “entitled.” That is kind of like the word “right” in this day and age and, of course if you put the word civil in front of the word right, well then you have the closest thing to the word sacred that there is today. So when Brandon Flowers said in his song “Crossroads”, “nothing is sacred,” and then he asked why, well close but not quite. I can recall a conversation that I had with a preacher, oh perhaps twenty years ago now. Somehow the subject of gays came up. I asked what the big deal was. I had known a few gays in my time and they seemed like good people. He said that in his belief gays were like the canary in the coal mine. As he said, gay rights didn’t happen in a vacuum. The very idea would have been impossible in the 1920’s or 30’s in fact really prior to the 1970’s. In his view, acceptance of homosexuality is just the straw that breaks the camels back. In other words the moral center of the society needs to degrade almost to non existence before homosexuality can even be considered for acceptance. You know as well as I do that we are basically living in the Woodstock nation now where the only “sins’ are racism, sexism and homophobia. As he said, the bible calls homosexuality an abomination—a term that is rarely used. He claimed that acceptance of homosexuality is like spitting in Gods face and if we do it, we pay for it. From at least the fall of Rome until the last twenty-five years or so Homosexuality has also been considered an abomination throughout the western world. According to you it is good for that to change now. Time will tell who is right or wrong.

      • dwes

        if anyone else that is not in the public eye would have said that no one would have batted an eye he is my kind of person doesn’t care what the right wing or left wing think he is not worried about being political correct do u really think that the so called movie and tv stars really tell the truth NO there just being political correct i would like to see what they think behind close doors heaven forbid you should think for yourself and have opinions that are not main stream thats wrong with the world today if u disagree with main stream oh my god your a racist or bigot or what ever

      • Jim

        The word ‘homophobic’ is an intolerant misguided word. Since it is NOT irrational to disagree with gays. Seems your ‘realtalk’ is just really stupid.

      • tonytony

        The improper use of the words “racist” and “homophobic” is the easy way to sound righteous to the ignorant, but why would one wish to do that?

      • RLC

        The comments he made were neither racist nor “homophobic”, which is one that should have placed on the “banned” list about the 2nd day it was used. He expressed what he thought he saw during that time with regards to blacks and the operating manual he uses covered homosexuality long before he ever came along.

        • don johnson

          more than anything else his comments were born of ignorance. from ignorance comes racism and everything else that is the least of us.

          • RLC

            What’s the ignorance?

        • TR

          yeah, they were absolutely racist and homophobic.

      • Mercyneal

        Um, his son Willie adopted an African American baby boy, who is now 13. Phil Robertson loves his grandson Will very much. Why don’t people like you ever bother to fact check anything before you spout off?

    • Eeta mea

      wholesome christian values…………..LOL

      • Jim

        How would you know? You make it clear you do not comprehend Christian values.

      • chrisbieber

        “Igor” and his hard work earned 8 digit banking account…..and his seething jealousy and hatred of Christ and Christians…is NOT funny….
        .Hopefully “Igor” gets help and gets out of his Mom’s basement and produces something other then hatred……

        • Eeta mea

          i have more moral values in my dick than you have in your entire inbred family lineage………..

          • nwo5150

            you’re making yourself sound more like a fucking idiot with each statement please do the world a favor and kill yourself

          • RLC

            Don’t lower yourself to talking like this obviously disturbed individual. He clearly has issues and should seek help.

          • chrisbieber

            “Igor” or wtf your name is FREAKING COWARD Your Jethro Clampett 4th Grade ability to express in writing (thank God for your ability to figure out how to use that Spellcheck! )your fetid and fevered emotions, must make your parents very proud…and your pride and learned polysyllabic vocabulary just oozes from your TwinkieCovered keyboard….at least you finally found out where YOUR moral values are…..My Grandfather came to America from Hamburg Germany in early 1917..quickly learned English(unlike you!) and changed his name NOT to “Igor” but to Bieber as he got RID of the “Von” …..and joined the Army and went back to fight against his former country…and then came back to the US and went to Kansas and using his homebuilding skills(those things you apparantly lack “Igor”)built the entire town of Osborne, now has @2000 people…and his family were and have been succesful…unlike you as you are still in the basement…..when are you gonna get another copy of your Iron Maiden Cassette Copy????? Your parents are probably sick of you blaring it all day!!

          • B Queso

            That’s cool your Grandfather did stuff. What have you done?

          • chrisbieber

            B Queso(I also speak Spanish)

            I was a State Director of California Young Americans for Freedom 1985-1995, Member of the Year 1994, Legislative Aide to Assm Gil Ferguson(Newport Beach CA) 1990-1992, Legislative Aide to California Assembly Speaker Doris Allen(Huntington Beach) 1995 and an Administrator for the Law Firm DiMarco, Araujo and Montevideo, 2001-2007 and a Clerk/Analyist at Dept of Homeland Sec 2009-2010. Am now taking care of my retired parents.
            Ball back on your court B Queso………………………..

          • Jessie Phillips

            I would bet, that you have very small morals then

      • bluemoon

        igor,
        your comments are “right on”….. all the other racist and homophobic comments are so un-American….. be brave, as what you say is RIGHT!!!!!!

    • Lisa Sample

      You are right…His statements were not racist OR homophobic. They were racist AND homophobic.

      • RLC

        What does homophobic mean? And, exactly, what was racist?

        • Charles Almon

          It means you think that ‘who these people simply ARE’
          is somehow bad, or inferior to yourself.
          It makes NO DIFFERENCE how or why you have those opinions or feelings. Even YOUR religious beliefs,

          • RLC

            Wrong. Dictionary says otherwise.

    • Christine

      He absolutely has a right to his beliefs and can state them whenever he wants and wherever he chooses. But he is a racist homophobe, how anyone can deny that is beyond me.

    • Troy

      Not racist? Did you actually read the article, or getting it off hearsay?
      Let’s take a look at something, shall we?
      Phil mentions 4 groups of people that, according to him, are “without Jesus”- people who are gay, Nazi’s, Muslims, and Shinto’s (Japanese that bombed Pearl Harbor). Notice one major group that was omitted?
      What about Native Americans?
      The Native Americans, while very spiritual people, did NOT pray to Jesus.
      Could it be that Mr. Robertson has Native American blood running through his veins?
      Or could it be that he would have been barbequed at the mention of them?
      Just a thought.

  • phalegalure

    they made there Money before a and e the Robertson’s will be Just fine as were the Osbourne clan.

    • nhra

      get rid of phil, let him be happyhappyhappy with his clan brothers and take willie with him. i want my own show on a and e. hell i drag race and built motors. at least the viewers could learn something.

  • jarmintor

    The writer of this article is a moron.

    • Michael Hill

      You speak from personal experience.

    • Eeta mea

      the reader (you) of this article is an IDIOT

  • Clancy Young

    A&E needs Duck Dynasty more than D.D. needs them..These guys were extremely successful before A&E and will remain so after due to the products they sell. I’m sure the show has helped their sales but Phil Robertson is a highly educated business man he and his family were very wealthy before A&E.A&E doesn’t exactly rule TV ratings in the first place…

    • Allen

      So why do he go back to show when they suspended him? You know he could have left then right?

      • Matt

        He didn’t ‘go back to the show’. The next season had already been filmed. What is airing was filmed over 3 months ago.

        • nwo5150

          Matt these fruitloop homoidotos think they won something. All that really happened is Duck Commander got some publicity and more money. They were rich before the show started now they are richer even if they don’t do another episode!!!

          • Matt

            Eh, I agree they will be fine with or without the show. I also agree that the show has lost some ratings.

            However, I don’t think it has anything to do with Phil’s comments. Most shows run out of ideas during their 4th season. It happens. And that is for a regular scripted sitcom. There is a reason why there aren’t any reality shows in syndication.

            Discussing whether someone or a group of people are or are not homophobic is pointless. Arguing about it is even worse.

        • Allen

          i understand that but he went back in hopes of filming more seasons and not ruining the contract. Don’t try to side step what i said. He had an option of leaving the show for good but opted to stay on…

          • Matt

            Apparently you don’t understand if you are still saying ‘he went back…’.

            The current season was shot months and months ago. You will know if he came back starting in the next season. If he is there, then you are correct. But until then, neither of us knows if he is still with A&E or not.

            One could make the argument that he isn’t though seeing that, in the past, Willie and Phil would be on late night shows and the such. This past week, it was only Willie. Not a big sign, but one in that direction.

      • Clancy Young

        As I said the show has helped their sales.Hunters which is their market have used their products long before the show.The show introduced other products to their brand…T-shirts,toy’s,ect..but the companies bread and butter is the duck call and equipment which will be around as long as they are quality products.

    • Charles Almon

      Well at you AGREE, the whole yokel thing is a scam.

  • misfit libtards

    People hate because Liberal news tells them to hate Shame on you all

    • Eeta mea

      and rednecks like you just arent very bright. I blame the years of incest in your kind :)

      • Eeta mea

        poor redneck…………. i did your fat ugly wife and stanky daughter today…… stupid teatard

        • nwo5150

          Just when I thought you couldn’t sound any more ignorant you go and top yourself. Go let your boyfriend fuck you in your faggot ass again!

    • Jim

      Why do so many gays hate? Gays are just as bigoted as anyone else. They demand tolerance but too often refuse to be tolerant.

    • ScubaGolfJim

      People hate because the largely hypocritical ones who believe some fantasy-styled fable writings are from some sky-santa that shows them how and who to hate.

      • RLC

        Bubbles in the tank there Jim?

        • ScubaGolfJim

          Truth hurts RLC?

          • RLC

            Truth? As you know it?

          • ScubaGolfJim

            As it is.

          • RLC

            Perception is reality, eh?

          • ScubaGolfJim

            Explain to me how some all-powerful, all-knowing god allows an innocent child to be born with birth defects so horrible and painful that the infant lives in excruciating pain for only a few days, or hours? Oh yes… “god has a plan…” or ” the lord works in ‘mysterious’ ways…” BS.

            No, that has not happened in my life to “turn me away from my religion.” It’s just simple understanding of reality… and some education.

          • RLC

            Obviously, I would not be able to satisfactorily answer you in a couple of lines on here. But, still, let’s don’t resort to foul language and insulting the other’s intelligence.
            You think and feel as you do Jim. God bless you!

          • ScubaGolfJim

            And FU Too. That’s my response to your “god bless you.” It’s as insulting to me as mine is to you. But you’re obviously unable to comprehend that, or too ignorant to care.

            Want proof of the error in your ways? The second commandment says it all. Really, read it carefully. Can you spot the error? It’s so glaringly obvious.

          • RLC

            Sad.

          • ScubaGolfJim

            Sorry. Didn’t *really* mean to hurt your feelings there RLC. Just proving a point.

            What? No answer to the question? Or are you purposefully ignoring the obvious?

          • RLC

            Well, I thought I hurt your feelings. Which question? About the 2nd commandment? About idols or Gods?

          • ScubaGolfJim

            Was just pointing out that when saying that to someone who is *not* religious, it is not taken in the (true?) tone in which one offers the statement. So it’s only benefiting *you* and not really doing anything but insulting the person to whom it is proffered.

            Anyway…”You shall have no other gods before me” Right?

            Please excuse, I believe it is simply a part of the First.

          • RLC

            Right to the quote. And, if you, or anyone else doesn’t believe in God, then why would be offended or insulted?
            If He doesn’t exist, then there’s been no difference made in your life. What if I said “have a good day”?

          • ScubaGolfJim

            “Have a nice day” is not an insult to my own beliefs, as your statement was. It was just you making another point of non-existent “righteousness” and “superiority.” Are you people really so dense as to not be able to comprehend that?

            As for the commandment… your god is acknowledging the existence of “other gods” or the phrase would have been “You shall hold no *false* gods before me.” In the second, there is mention of idols and such, and that your god is a jealous god, and so on. But if this all-knowing and all-powerful, and *jealous* god, really wrote (gave) the commandments, this would not have been “misspoken” as it is.

            There would have been no “delay” in stating that there were no other gods. Jealousy would’ve prevailed, if your god does possess such a irritably sad human emotion. See, the devil is in the details. Even the smallest of them will bite you eventually.

            And again, with the baby thing… there is no answer so the old “mysterious ways” or “plan” comes bubblling up. If there were an all-powerful, all-knowing, *loving* being in control of all of this, do you *really* think that type of thing would *really* happen? Yes. Of course you do. And that is why I cannot comprehend *your* way of thinking.

            I do accept it though, until your similar ilk tries to force others to live by those beliefs.
            .
            .
            Gotta run RLC. Thanks for the chat. Have a nice evening.

  • Don Cadalic

    Phil belongs over in the middle-east with the crazy bearded men that send the young and stupid kids to blow them selves up while he sits back pondering what he thinks is correct for everyone else. Your wal-mart products are junk. Now your hames are junk.

    • chrisbieber

      oh you wise and learned businsman Don with a courageous and proud NetName!!! You and YOUR ilk are the ones in WalMart….The Robertsons and the rest of us dont….Don how is YOUR 8 digit bank account doing??? egad are you so hatefilled and jealous of others……

    • Eeta mea

      amen

  • Jim

    DD still has higher ratings than MSNBC or CNN, combined, at any given 30 minutes.

    • Eeta mea

      lots of hillbillie rednecks

  • awareisme

    What an angry, jealous and petty woman you are…. You are typical of what’s wrong with ALL media today – you pick on and pick apart those with wholesome lives and American values that LIVE THEIR FAITH AND VALUES like the Robertson’s and Tim Tebow, rooting for their failure at every turn…. At the same time, you ignore those who willfully deceive the public and refuse to accept responsibility or hold those who work for them accountable for their mistakes (like Obama, Hillary, Pelosi and the entire administration) and refuse to expose them for their deceit, falsehoods, misdirections and outright lies… Also, instead of trying to lift up and inspire you fellow Blacks (African Americans were born in Africa, just like European Americans were born in Europe), you seek to bring down to your level those that aspire to self-reliance, self-sufficiency and personal responsibility – while failing to realize Black leaders and Liberals have categorically sought to keep your people (and all our freedoms) down by enslaving with dependence on government and depending on government mandates to bring standards down, instead of raising the poorest and least educated up; the exact OPPOSITE of all Dr. King stood for, and ultimately died for…. If you can’t do any better by your people and society, you need to find a new profession, something you’re better suited for; like a position in the current administration – they need more ass kissers, lackeys and spin doctors… Someday, you and all Americans (regardless of race) may finally wake up and see how they’ve been duped…

    • jjjj68

      holy moly, you are frightening

      • chrisbieber

        Holy Moly you/jjj68 are pathetic, cowardly and evidently barely literate. You and your ilk are NOT going to go to the Martial Law Detention Centers…as you and your cowardly friends will be the ones ratting on your neighbors and coworkers and getting Snitch Awards……..

        • jjjj68

          My ilk? You don’t know anything of me. I’m fully frightened of you though, you are full of rage

    • Eeta mea

      awwwww shaddup………….. righteous inbred. keep your faith and skewed values to yourself. who gives a SHI# what you think?

      • Jim

        Same could be said of you, clueless one.

        • Eeta mea

          hey jimmie – go back to bending over in the walmart parking lot for $$

          • nwo5150

            I think you’re the one who would know all about bending over you little faggot. Please kill yourself immediately to save the world from having to pay for your AIDS treatments!

          • Jim

            Seems you confused me with your father or your boyfriend. 8)

          • Bob

            Is that how you met him?

      • Bob

        You must if you took the time to read and reply.

    • TR

      Hillary in 2016!!

  • Lucy Black

    Poor Americans are throwing money at billionaires because of morality branding…buying cheap merchandise to express their fear that the country’s values are crumbling. Maybe the country’s values are crumbling because we’re throwing money at billionaires. When the accumulation of unlimited wealth is the only thing we really worship, is it any wonder that selfishness is destroying morality? But by all means, buy some more crap with Duck Dynasty on it so you can show the neighbors what a good person you are.

    • acs1949

      Now that I’ve dutifully jumped through all the hoops required by Disqus to exercise my First Amendment rights…… Lucy, what do you mean about “worshipping accumulated wealth”? I must assume you are a good Obama Democrat who despises anyone like the Robertsons who were astute enough to make money from smart business practices long before “Duck Dynasty” the series ever existed, and who have the temerity to defy “political correctness” and defend classic American values like faith and family besides. The real hypocrites are the likes of Soros and Bloomberg who made their millions through capitalist practices and now spend that fortunes attacking the Constitution and freedom in general. Perhaps the liberal “hive mind” doesn’t permit free expression that disagrees with its twisted belief system, but God bless the Robertsons and all Christian Americans for standing up for the rest of us on the issues that matter.

      • ScubaGolfJim

        I stopped reading right after the idiocy of your “First Amendment Rights” statement. Really fidiots, if you’re going to claim to use your “First Amendment Rights,” at least GET IT RIGHT so you don’t come across as a complete imbecile.

        Really a little other-than-Sunday school education can go a looonnnnggg way.

      • Lucy Black

        Hello Acs1949. It’s always beautiful to see someone with
        your passion.

        I don’t despise anyone for wealth creation. I think responsible capitalism has created the highest quality of life for the largest
        majority of people in human history. I do think it’s a little cynical of A&E and the Robertson’s to use branding the way they have to sell merchandise. I can’t imagine God meant to improve the moral condition of this country by imprinting Phil Robertson’s head on a piece of plastic and selling it to people already suffering in a bad economy. It just smacks a little of hypocrisy and the golden calf to me. Their duck call business is an entirely
        different matter and a commendable enterprise. Coming from the South myself, and knowing poverty, I can only commend them for their amazing success and their rags to riches story. I suppose I can even find the decency in myself to commend whoever came up with the ingenious idea of fueling all this scandal into money. I don’t pretend to be immune from the lure of money. I feel for the
        Robertson’s. It must be very difficult navigating the waters of fame and fortune. It must test their faith every day. But that doesn’t mean I have to worship at their altar. (And I am not unaware that by discussing the matter at all I’m only fueling it myself. But I enjoy talking to beautiful people like you so much that I can’t seem to help myself. :)

        Assume whatever you like about me. It doesn’t bother me. Judging from your words, I assume you are a very spiritual person who cares very deeply about this country. That’s
        admirable and commendable. Like you, I believe in freedom of expression. I’m glad Phil Robertson is free to speak his mind. It’s very pleasant not to be burned at the stake or locked in prison for one’s ideas. I think everyone should be allowed to speak, especially people I don’t agree with. His words have reached far and wide, and everyone is arguing about him, so I can’t really take seriously the idea that he’s not being allowed to express himself.

        On the issue of morality, I welcome your opinions. My own
        are that selfishness is the biggest issue eroding faith and family values. I think this overemphasis on sexuality is a red herring. It’s hard to worship God when you worship money. We as a people occlude with a financial system that is becoming increasingly unjust in the hope that we might become one of those people who make it to the very top. It’s terrible of us. A stable middle class is much more important. If all of the money is sucked into the top of the pyramid, then it can only crack under its own weight. It leads to political instability which is what we are seeing now. We all feel it and it frightens us, and rather than try to talk calmly about it and decide how to fix it, we look for an enemy to punish. This cycle has been repeated over and over again
        in history. Tension either leads to revolution which accomplishes nothing, or people decide to forgo all that horror and bloodshed and fix the problem by working together. If hating everyone that disagrees with you on morality would fix the problem, it would be fixed already. We can argue over semantics until one group murders the other and it won’t fix the corruption. If Phil Robertson
        was discussing the plight of the people he truly comes from instead of worrying about someone’s sexual mores, I’d be a lot more inclined to speak up for him as a social force for good.

        It is my opinion that suffering financial hardship will destroy
        a person’s soul much quicker than any damage caused by an adult consensual sex act. What will destroy a person’s soul even faster is having to watch their children do without. It’s very hard for a family or a marriage to hold together under terrible financial stress. And though I may suffer from laziness myself, (and would be the first to admit it), I am surrounded by hard working people with families who are destroying their bodies and beating their brains out against the walls trying to feed their children. They are literally working themselves to death. I see people everyday who sacrifice everything they have in the hope that by grinding their souls to dust they might give their children the opportunity to have enough financial security to thrive. I find it abhorrent that anyone would dare suggest they are
        useless eaters with their hands out. And, just to nail down a point, I also find it abhorrent to compare hard working business owners with bankers and financial paper pushers on Wall Street who create their wealth by speculation and manipulating capital. I don’t think they’re interested in creating jobs, or producing anything of use to anyone but themselves. But that doesn’t mean I think they should pay for our sins either. Scapegoats feed noone.

        So I suppose that’s the basis of my stance on morality.
        Money affects it much more than sex. Money has a much bigger impact on family values then some stranger’s private choices in the bedroom. I think conservatives and liberals are both aware of that, and it’s a mistake to make a scapegoat out of each other. It accomplishes nothing but wasting our energy. We’re so busy screaming at each other and painting each other as enemies that we don’t see the silent minority manipulating our fears and passions for their own ends. Again they are using branding to paint us into corners, and it’s revolting.

        I don’t buy into it myself. Though we may disagree on many
        issues, I don’t see you as my enemy. Must you see me as yours?

        (Dear Acs1949, I do apologize for the length of my reply and
        the excessiveness of my passion. Please do feel free to tell me how you feel and what you think. I learn so much from listening to people. May you have a lovely Sunday morning, and I wish you the best.)

        • acs1949

          You’re right, Lucy-I am a person of faith and I care deeply for this country and its values. I feel I may have misjudged you. I agree that the pursuit of money at the expense of anything else is eroding the foundation of the Republic. Your comments about wealth creation square with my views that smart people with good values deserve the money they make. A lot of “Duck Dynasty” may be about brands and marketing, but I believe the Robertson family’s moral values are real and inspired by their faith. I was reacting, as were many others, to the knee-jerk attacks on Phil Robertson. His comments may have been unfortunate and appeared extreme to those who don’t understand the passion that inspires Christian people to speak out against what they see as corrupting influences in society. However, I believe he and his family are sincere in their faith and derive great strength from that faith. I wish I could aspire to the depth of faith held by Phil and his family. There is far too much unwarranted criticism of people of faith in the media today, and my response was to the anti-religion haters who automatically swarm to the defense of the likes of Woody Allen or Miley Cyrus while rabidly condemning anyone who adheres to any form of religion(and I am obviously not including you in that particular group-your arguments are well-reasoned and sincere, and hold to the principles of civilized debate so rare on the Internet).

          • Lucy Black

            Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your point of view. :)

  • luvsthecity

    No one is watching because the father is a homophobe. People will not tolerate his bigotry. If he feels that way about the gay community,it is his right, but it is the right of the rest of us decent folks to ignore that Klan. If they had just stuck with their humor and stayed out of the business of politics, all would be fine!

    • Jim

      Homophobe is an intolerant word. Gays are too often bigots. You prove you are no more decent than he is since you are just on the ‘other side’ doing to same thing, clueless one. If you would not have chosen to prove you are a mental midget, you be fine…. hmmm, maybe not.

      • Eeta mea

        shut up already jim………… pompous azzhole

        • Jim

          No since you are just an ‘azzhole’ that seems to be ‘multipurposed with recreation in mind.’

        • Lonnie Cross

          Igor. I pray you find Jesus before you burn in hell for eternity.

      • ScubaGolfJim

        No Jim. Take it from an obviously more knowledgeable and educated “Jim.” Just because someone exposes someone else’s intolerance, that does not make the person doing the exposing intolerant. By your “perception” that would make a person who injures someone who has physically attacked them violent as well as their attacker. No, your deflection and projection doesn’t work here.

        • Jim

          What I take from you is that you are clueless and confused. Your BS is noted but ignored as it is lame as your mental skills. Nice job proving you lack significant mental skills. Please learn what violence really means since you proved you do not know. You are amusing but mental lame and so willing to prove it. Your lame attempt at using ‘violence’ would have worked for ‘aggressive’ but violence is violence… offensive or defensive, mental midget.

          • ScubaGolfJim

            Again with the deflection and projection Jim? Really, you should attempt to go back after Igor or someone who’s not your intellectual superior.

          • Jim

            And again you only offer your immature attempts based on the air in your head. You are not intellectually superior to a grapefruit. Hard for you to keep up with your level of mental skills. Is English your first language? That might explain your lack of skill with the English language. Amusing you call facts deflection and projection but thanks for the amusement. Please, continue to amuse me with your feeble attempts.

    • chrisbieber

      so you oh wise hater have your biased opinion expressed…yay..your claim to fame!! good job…. “.. If they had just stuck with their humor and stayed out of the business of politics, all would be fine!” so in your and a lot of conditioned Proles here on this board what do you want done to Mr Robertson?? force him to make a public ShowTrial Apology like your heroes and rolemodel for statism and antireligious operations the Soviets??? or the National Socialist Nazis and thier trials of the brave(unlike YOU) German Generals who tried to stop the madness? after the July 20th Plot? Sieze the Robertsons businesses? Throw the whole family in jail for offending YOU???? You and your statist goons with your arrogance and tyrannical mindset and agenda…why dont YOU read up on freedom and liberty and get OFF your Dancing with the Stars or football….btw I havent had a TV since 2002..

      • Bob

        He was asked a question and answered it rather than trying to be PC and passing. But then again, it’s no surprise that someone with the name ‘bieber’ missed it.

        • RLC

          I think bieber got it. I believe it was the one he was responding to that didn’t.

        • chrisbieber

          You’re right PR answered the question….did you read what I wrote???…alas your attempt at humour “missed”….

    • Bob

      He was asked a question and answered it, idiot stick

      • Charles Almon

        WHat your point?
        ANd his answer revealed he’s a bigot.

        • RLC

          According to who?

        • Lonnie Cross

          Gay sex is just wrong. Phil was right. Nothing bigoted about expressing the opinion of the 95% silent majority.

          • TR

            It’s wrong because you say it is? Who are you again?

  • Maggie

    I think all the controversy is because Phil Robertson had the courage to stand by his religious beliefs and speak his mind. People do not have to agree with what he said but truly I have heard worse things come out of a persons mouth than what Phil Robertson said. I believe that a person has a right to choose their lifestyles, so no I do not agree with what he said, but I do believe in free speech.

    • ScubaGolfJim

      You may “believe in” free speech, but you apparently don’t know what it is. Don’t worry. Most who comment don’t. The “free speech” as guaranteed by the first amendment is to prevent the *government* from restricting reasonable speech. (As in, no yelling “fire” in a crowded theater type of “reasonable.”)

      However, an employer may restrict an employee’s speech. And while fidiots like Robertson may say what they wish in public, every other person out there also has the “free speech” right to tell them what they think of their “speech.” SO MANY tend to forget that part especially.

      So, Robertson may say what he wishes. And I have the right to say he’s behaving like a homophobic pedohebephilic bigot.

      • TR

        And you are exactly right!

    • Jim

      Well put. I don’t watch DD and nobody makes anyone. If you don’t like what he said, might your own business. That incident proved that gays are just as bigoted as any group and they are stingy with their tolerance just like any group. Good people on both sides and really stupid people on both sides.

  • Defins

    Aren’t they up against the Olympics?

    • Renee

      Yes and all regular shows are down because of it. Wise observation!

    • Bob

      Thank you! I was going to post the same thing. Amazing how people miss the obvious.

  • Jim

    The tweets remind me that most gays are intolerant as they demand tolerance. I’ve never watch DD and my support for gays is waning. They are just too mean spirit to deserve my support it seems. Don’t ask for what you can’t give.

    • mwest

      No one is looking for support from people like you. Just for people to stop preaching to other people and start minding their own business. Who cares that you don’t like what your neighbor is doing in their bedroom. Do you know you’re surrounded by millions of people doing all kinds of things that you probably don’t approve of but most of us shut up about it. No one needs the unsolicited opinions of a faux hillbilly about who is or is not going to helll. STart shutting the hell up and living your own probably sinful imperfect life and worrying about your own self going to hell instead of what’s happening in other people’s lives. When you get to that state, you’ll see how easily we can all get along.

      • Jim

        Do you have a clue as to how immature your rant is? If you think this is about what someone does in their bedroom, you are even more clueless than you prove with your post. When gays start acting like civilized members of society IN PUBLIC and start showing the tolerance they demand, you will see how much more respect and tolerance THEY get. Being a bully, social terrorists and not being tolerant of other’s rights is not a good way to confirm your rights. Grow up, child, and get a clue.

  • Melvin

    The show sucks

  • Allen

    Someone has some built up sexual urges he needs to get out….

    • bluemoon

      Allen… I thought the same thing! Classic closet case!

  • BT

    anyone that is conservative is a RACIST< FACTS PROVE IT NO Matter How You try to spin it, They are not Americans but a spin off of the Muslim Brotherhood, They are Home Grown Terrorists, And they will one day start a race war, Mark these words,

    • lonnie cross

      Probably from the dude rachel madcow

      • TR

        wow lonnie, did you think of that one yourself?

  • Jay

    They need to bring Bradshaw on the show to get the ratings up. They will.

  • ravenclaw

    The ratings are plummeting because the show sucks now. It used to be kinda funny and entertaining. Now it is boring and stupid and obviously staged. I don’t think it has much to do with Phil and his comments.

  • Jay

    They need to have John Luke have a gay affair with a buddy, thay will bring some attention to the show and rating will go way way up.

  • andyz1

    GET THOSE HOMOPHOBES OFFFFFFFFFFFFFF THE AIR, LIKE YESTERDAY…..
    THEY ARE AN OFFENSE TO MY LEVEL OF TASTE AND SENSIBILITY—are you the PRODUCERS homophobes, TOO???!!!!!!! Billy, R.N., M.S.N., F.N.P.

    • nwo5150

      You are a bigger BIGGOT than anyone hope you die from AIDS soon faggot

      • Donnie Cross

        what you said

      • TR

        nwo5150 you have got to be a repressed homosexual. you are completely obsessed by this issue. Good luck with becoming authentic.

  • Tim

    How about overexposure? Everywhere you turn, the Robertsons are there. It gets old.

  • christine

    I love the show and always watch it, its funny, and they keep God in the family, everyone has the right to speak what they feel. im sure you all have an opinion , why cant they have theirs , or is America not free any more.

  • Medicine-is-My-Game

    People don’t hate Duck Dynasty, they hate A&E. I wish the show was on a different network because I don’t want to support A&E. FTR, I still support Phil. I used to support GLAAD, but they really pushed their luck. And again, I hate A&E.

    • mwest

      Sure you supported GLAAD before, like anyone is going to believe that, hahahahaha. You probably hate gay people just like the old guy. GLAAD is an org that’s going to respond if some old tool starts blathering on about gay people going to hell and comparing gay sex to sex with animals. Maybe you’d put up with that kind of crap if someone was yelling at you about how sinful you are but people have had enough. No one needs to tolerant the intolerant preachings of self righteous tools who imagine they’re better than anyone else.

      • RLC

        Well, MT, you just proved yourself to be no different than him.

        • mwest

          I doubt that since I don’t go around preaching to other people about who’s going to hell and comparing their sex lives to sex with animals. I stay out of people’s business and mind my own life and worry about my own religion. You preach down to people and you insult them they’re not going to react and nod and smile. If someone spits in your face they’re not just going to tolerate it and you know it. That’s how real people react when you insult them.

          The job of an organization like GLAAD is to stand up for their group when it’s defamed and insulted and that’s what they did. It’s not to say and do nothing when people mouth off in ignorance.

          • RLC

            They took up their cause against the wrong person. He didn’t write anything his beliefs that he expressed are based on. And groups like GLAAD can do what they did and they can take the backlash from their actions.

          • mwest

            GLAAD and all the gay rights org are doing just fine so I doubt they care about the backlash from people who never supported them in the first place. They’re doing their job. They also aren’t the ones who fired, suspended or rehired Robertson.That would be A&E.

            And he’s not the wrong person since he’s the one who expressed his very unnecessary thoughts attacking and singling out a group of people. When you do that expect a response and don’t be shocked it isn’t a smile and a thank you.

          • RLC

            I understand the suspension. There does seem to be a good bit of confusion about it, from the start. Phil Robertson is not the only person to express his biblical beliefs. It was more of a timing thing. If he’d answered the
            same question in the same magazine 10 years ago, no one would have cared, not even to listening to whatever gay group was trying to get established then.

          • TR

            Thank goodness the world has evolved in the past ten years.

      • Lonnie Cross

        gay sex is sinful. repent now. seek His forgiveness. eternity in hell is not tolerance.

  • Duck Dynasty Ratings

    Ratings may be on the decline but 8 million is pretty good for any show.

    The ratings for DD, while down, are still TRIPLE the Kardashian show. For some reason, America is bombarded with those people every time we turn on our computers.

    Why would DD be cancelled with 8 million viewers, yet the Kardashian show with 2.5M viewers is renewed???

    • mwest

      They had 5 million viewers in the last ratings.

      • RLC

        There’s the Olympics, and who really knows what else people are
        doing. They haven’t run during February before with huge numbers.
        I think just about every show there is on cable would love to get the numbers they do even on their lowest rated night.

        • mwest

          They have good numbers but the trend for them is each week it’s been lower. Now without the Olympics they may go higher, but then they’ll have to compete with all the shows that have been on repeat and that are now going to air original episodes.

          • RLC

            True. They’ll still get good numbers. People should keep in mind that the high numbers they did reach were really remarkable. I am a huge fan and will continue to watch but I, by no means, think that all those millions who tune in for a few episodes will still do so. All shows have their ups and downs. If it continues to decline for a few more seasons to 1 million or less viewers per episode, I can accept it being cancelled. That’s the way the ball bounces. It being in the 5 to 6 million range doesn’t seem that big of a deal to me.

  • aDah!

    “But what can the Robertson clan do to get tongues wagging again?” It’s real simple, get cancelled off of A&E and move their show to another network and watch it soar again. It has nothing to do with them boring the tv audience and their supporters. It all has to do with us supporters not giving in to A&E and giving them another red cent of our money.

  • Dianne Demarinis

    I love Duck Dynasty. It’s funny, wholesome, and a lot better than all the junk you see on T.V. I respect their beliefs and believe and trust in God just as they do. Everyone has a right to an opinion. I hope they stick around awhile!

  • mwest

    Obviously you’re just rattling off a lot of nonsense. Big Bang demo is usually has 3 times the ratings of DD. A REPEAT episode of BBT in fact had over 10 million viewers on Thursday compared to the 5 million viewers that Duck Dynasty had on Wednesday for a non repeat episode. I’ll grant that DD is number one for cable (probably) but it’s ratings are on decline with the demo, which is all advertisers care about, in rapid decline.

    • Renee

      I just read this week’s ratings on Zap2It>>>Look up the ratings yourself! DD was #1 and #3 on A&E this week!

      • mwest

        That’s probably correct as its A&E top rated show. I was pointing out there’s no way it’s beating The Big Bang Theory in ratings. Also I believe the show started the season with a 4 or 5 in the demo rating and the last episode it was down to a 2.6 so it’s definitely showing a decline.

        • Renee
          • Axixic

            “Duck Dynasty was Wednesday’s top cable program with a 2.3 down from la 2.5 adults 18-49 rating”

            Rated high for CABLE shows not all shows and certainly did not come close to beating any Network programs.

        • Renee

          I just know about this past week….which is what this article was written about. and It topped ALL cable shows including BBT.

          • mwest

            It topped the cable shows. Big Bang Theory they’re showing for cable ratings is the ones in syndication (all the repeat episodes from prior seasons). That’s one it beat in the ratings. But it’s not beating the current Big Bang Theory show that’s on CBS. Those and all network shows (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX & CW) are not included in the cable ratings.

          • bluemoon

            I agree…. no show beats “Big Bang Theory”… it is far and away the best program on television these days!!!!

          • M D Reese

            It is the ONLY show on network TV that I actually look forward to new episodes of. The syndicated reruns of it on cable channels are like comfort food.

          • counterlin

            “Walking Dead” has higher ratings

          • Mercyneal

            Yes, but it’s a fiction show. Duck Dynasty is the highest rated non-reality show in ratings history.

          • big john

            that’s because Jesus is going to raise the dead first then the devil wants to take credit for it so when you see those zombies they’re going to be Christians raised in Christ hallelujah

          • couterlin

            Not true “The Walking Dead” is the highest cable show running currently but once “Game of Throne” starts up again it will be the highest.

          • Troy

            While it is a good show, Game of Thrones won’t come close to The Walking Dead.

          • Axixic

            BBT is a Network show not a cable show except for reruns.

        • bluemoon

          BIG BANG THEORY is the best show on television…. I watch it multiple times every day… it NEVER gets boring!!!

          • Troy

            Best show on network TV, but still not close to The Walking Dead or SOA.

          • Clancy Young

            D.D. is a good laugh but I have to agree Big Bang rocks.

    • Renee

      BTW DD is not in rapid decline LOL! All tv ratings are down the last few weeks because of the Olympics….but I see that other shows are down a lot more than DDynasty…..but you have to search for that info because writers like this one will not report the truth!

      • bluemoon

        lol….. DD is in its death throes….. it won’t be around in six months….. good riddance!

      • Troy

        The Olympics weren’t on in January, when DD started this new season.

    • don johnson

      you’re bragging about being number one on a single (CABLE) network? that just stupid. i’ve been in this business for over 30 years producing all sorts of junk .. but never DD “junk”.

      • Renee

        No dear #1 over ALL cable channels and has been for months even AFTER the controversy! It’s even beat out regular networks in some weeks…..please do your research before replying. TVbyTheNumbers Zap2It has the info.

        • Guest

          You WISH you produced something as successful as DD lol because you wouldn’t be on this site replying to me!

          • don johnson

            you have no clue

        • counterlin

          @Renee You are wrong. “The Walking Dead” has higher ratings than DD.

          • Renee

            I meant DD was #1 until WD started back. You are correct because they just started their new season…but DD is still #2 over all Cable for the week. Im sure WD will stay #1 but
            DD holding #2 is not bad!

        • don johnson

          there are 116,000,000 million households with television in this country. DD has 2.3% of those households watching their show. Anybody still want to call it a “hit”? Cable has lowered the bar so low that a .5 over at E! looks big, much less the white trash content that A&E has been double pumping since the death of Fin/Syn rules. Relax, unless you cash a check in this biz one way or another, you’re in over your head.

        • don johnson

          Walking Dead drew 13+ million viewers going head to head against the Olympics.

      • Renee

        You WISH you produced something as successful as DD lol

  • Renee

    not only was DD #1 on ALL cable shows this week. They were #1 and #3 on A&E Took two spots of the top Three on their network…..they aren’t going anywhere unless They want to!

  • LenMe

    The show is simply not as funny this year as before. The first two episodes were boring.

  • Therealdan McKelvey

    There are only so many stories from the shisterhole of West Monroe…If they really had cash, they would move…They all need to shave…WHY WOULD YOU NOT SHAVE FOR YEARS? They are a very strange group of morons.

    • RLC

      That’s deep!

  • Charles

    The ratings are down because people hate A&E now and refuse to give them viewership. Virtually everyone was on Phil’s side, which is why A&E backtracked but people are still not forgiving the channel because we now know where they stand.

  • Koob

    Our country has gotten amazingly strange when implying that homosexuality is unnatural behavior constitutes a scandal.

  • Ray W

    Viewership started trending down last year before all the hoopla. Sounds like it’s about to jump the duck.

  • darren

    This is crazy the reason the ratings have dropped is simple.Once we see the pictures of the clan as preppy rich kids we begin to think maybe this was all an act for money and you become actors and we suspect nothing about you is real.

  • EloiseM

    I just hope they DON’T change for the sake of ratings. Especially to appease the minds of the average person nowadays. Morals are too low to stoop down to them to get higher ratings. Family, interracial and all, living their faith (it’s their faith…..no body’s trying to convert anyone out in television audience), togetherness and humor and showing what HARD WORK CAN ACCOMPLISH is good enough for me. I will be watching. I will be ordering the back DVDs also just to see what I missed all those years I didn’t know about this family. Wish them well.

    • RLC

      Exactly. Don’t change just for the show. I think they’re grounded enough to not let that happen. Enjoy your viewing!

  • Kevin

    Ah Toni, so hopeful to try and squash the show you failed to mention their ratings are only down a .4 from 3.3 to 2.9 with a viewership of over 6.65 million. they only dropped 12.3 % of their viewership and still holds the number 3 spot in the 18-49 year old demographic on US TV. But please tell us how those facts and citing actual numbers escaped you report on a show you have rallied against, starring a person whom you have rallied against, whom at last check, is still far more famous then you will ever be. But at least you demographic, those who will not verify statements made by someone who shares their opinions, will be happy reading your article.

  • Tired of It

    Duck Dynasty won the night for cable ratings. As far as their drop in ratings for the week, perhaps the Olympics being on opposite them could have something to do with it. Perhaps using the time to look more into the Robertsons background and views, such as their not being racist at all or their trying to win people to the Lord. Or perhaps why not find out why the original GQ article seemed to jump around in the story by starting off with the ending, going to the middle and back to the end again, and not providing what perhaps led up to the words spoken by Phil Robertson. Did he misquote the Bible he believes in? No. Did he say some things a little crudely? Yes. Did he say he hated people? No. Did he call anyone a derogatory name? No. Did he say he was the judge of people? No. He said to love them, tell them the Gospel and then be on his way and let God sort the people out later. Am I saying he’s right in everything he’s said? No. But I am saying that it gets old when people that supply articles can’t seem to take the time to find something more useful to write about and keep harping on something and when they do harp haven’t even done their homework.

  • Charles Almon

    Nothing like millionaires pretending to be yokels.
    Hey folks GREEN ACRES got there first!
    ANd at least had the honesty not to pretend
    they were a “reality show”!

    • RLC

      Clueless.

      • Charles Almon

        OMG! SO you’ve never seen the boys in the golf clothing pics?
        What do you think the hunting gear “dynasty” is worth even
        before the show.
        And you call ME, clueless?
        The show is about as real as Palin’s hair.

        • RLC

          No, seriously, they were born wearing camo diapers. Palin’s hair? Is she bald?

          • Charles Almon

            Wear a lot of pouffy extensions.
            Now with blond streaks

          • bluemoon

            @Charles …. your comments were right on…. Duck Dynasty was the creation of a south Alabaman…. he has been interviewed frequently in the Alabama press….. it is all “made up”…. lol…….

          • Charles Almon

            And the “cast” not only gets paid, but gets FREE publicity for their hunting products empire,
            And a cut on all the new DD products.
            I think the audience received a wake up call by all the
            publicity.

  • Charles Almon

    I love the way this sick old dudes admit cheating on their wives
    their whole life. Drinking and philandering and voila, just say you found
    found Jesus and you’re pure as the new driven SLUSH.
    Have you any idea what kind of ca ca this sounds like to us non Christians?
    And that goes for Uncle Newty,
    what a LOAD OF CRAP!

  • Troy

    #1 for cable? Seriously?
    DD isn’t in the same league with the #1 Cable TV show of ALL-TIME- The Walking Dead, which has almost 3 times the viewers.

  • http://www.wesgps.com Zeus2U

    DD will probably go down – they brought in some new girl – just doesn’t fit. We don’t want DD to change.

  • concernedcoalcitizen

    The drop is how A&E acted. I wont watch it again till its on another channel. This is how alot of the others feel about it also.

    • Vember Judgement

      So fans are punishing A&E by punishing the show they love by not watching it?

  • Gloria

    What an idiotic editorial this was. I shouldn’t have wasted my time reading it. Jealously abounds! Duck Dynasty is the best show on television.

    • Renee

      And still #1 over all cable for sure on Wednesday and until Walking Dead came back last week they were #1 over the week. They will still be in the top 2 or 3 over the week on Cable and even after the ‘scandal’ they have Ruled Wed. Nites!

  • skiph1

    Haven’t watched it all season. Sick of the merchandise, the scandel and the GOP taking them under their wind as a cause celebre. I’m just one guy but I never missed an episode until they jumped the shark. I like Wahlburgers though.

    • peter

      you were one of those kids that had to have that new toy but when everyone else started to have the toy you didn’t like it anymore also I bet you took you’re ball home when you got mad

      • skiph1

        the right wing wants DD as their property, their message, their story. I say they can have it. I’m only one person with an opinion. Freedom of speech doesn’t apply to me?

  • marilyn bell

    This is more blow hard crap to stir the pot,,,,the Lib media at work. Spreading tales their way. DD was #1, all you gotta do is LOOK it up.

  • PETER

    did I miss something what did they do to be racist

  • murrowedward

    Ahhh a writer who aspires to writing fiction for AP…..where is the data that supports that the ratings are low enough to support this obituary….just a simple over site perhaps

  • Greg Burton

    Duck Dynasty is the MAIN reason I don’t watch A & E. Just like Beverly Hills Hillbillies on Reelz. I don’t watch that either. Stations keep pumping this garbage out, because people can’t manage their own lives, so they watch someone elses. Pathetic!! The largest culprit of ZZZZzzzzreality shows is SyFy. Even their movies have gotten worse. How about giving us a break, and start showing some classic t.v. show reruns instead?

  • Joey Jenkins

    iT WAS A GOOD SHOW FOR AWHILE. iT’S JUST TOO CONTRIVED NOW. THEY SHOULD GO BACK TO THE FORMULA THAT STARTED IT ALL. OR SHAVE THEIR BEARDS. THAT WOULD BE A RATINGS BOOST FOR SURE.

  • Russell Huffman

    A veiled and senseless story authored by a hack!

  • goatpope

    There are no reality shows. Just people who argue

  • d floyd

    The problem with Duck Dynasty is over exposure on A&E. Three or four nights a week with the same shows is way to much.Still the best reality”?” show on TV.

  • alkdjfaosijdfoaisj joiasjfasd

    It’s a stage reality show that is completely scripted and uses paid actors… who would want to watch it? it was funny at first and then it lost it’s luster as it is way over produced and over acted.

    • Renee

      LOL! You are not very informed if you believe what you just said….they were around WAY before DD and have been millionaires from their Duck Commander Business please do not talk about what you know NOthing about.

    • bluemoon

      so true…. DD was created by a writer from south Alabama…. he has often been interviewed in the Alabama press….. He admits it is all contrived!

  • steve m

    This writer obviously doesn’t like this show. Lets hear from someone who isn’t bias. The writer is probably just jealous that they will never be as famous or rich as them.

  • Robert Weissman

    DD T-shirts went from 14.95 to 2.95 and they still can’t sell them, what does that tell you. Who wants to be associated with homophobic, racist fake

  • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

    Racist b*tch

  • terry burk

    The reason people like duck dynasty. we like them for who they are not what they need to make up in a show. Have you ever seen a totally true reality show. LOL

  • TR

    Drew, you are a true pussy. Grow some balls and realize everyone is not like you. You’ll be ok. Maybe they will teach you more about being gay when you get to High School. Good luck.

  • Silvia Planchett

    Duck Dynasty: White bigoted trailer trash with money and without the trailer.

    • John

      *who need to be shot in a hunting “accident”

    • Charles Almon

      Actually they are hunting gear millionaires
      PRETENDING to be trailer trash.
      That’s the issue for most sane folks.

  • acs1949

    Apparently “ScubaGolfJim” doesn’t appreciate subtle references to the occasional difficulty of posting comments on Disqus. If he had BOTHERED TO TAKE THE TIME TO READ my whole comment, instead of making some lame excuse for failing to accept an intellectual challenge, he might have learned something about the “why” of my statements. As I explained already to “Lucy Black”(who by the way seems far more intelligent and open-minded that “Jim” in ways too numerous to mention here), I was reacting to the whole anti-Christian, “hate the rich” vibe that seems so much “in vogue” on today’s Internet. After reading Lucy’s reply, I feel I may have misjudged her. As for “Jim”, not so much…. I respect and appreciate intelligent, well-read people who RESPECTFULLY disagree with me, but the key word there is “respectfully”. There is far too much in the way of barely-literate, “never heard of spell-check” idiocy out there (what in God’s name are “fidiots”??), and such BS is beneath contempt to one who tries to express himself intelligently and defend other intelligent people of faith. FYI, “Jim”, I have FAR more that a “Sunday-school” education-at least I learned about sarcasm and subtlety in writing, and I can understand a joke when I see one..

    • ScubaGolfJim

      First, reply to my message, .not in a *new* comment. (And yes, I do understand that sometimes there’s a glitch on a website that prevents proper placement of a comment. If that is the case, please ignore the “first.”)

      Second, the “Free Speech” crowd of the Internet seems to not understand the “Free Speech” in the First Amendment refers to the *government* not restricting reasonable speech. There is no such thing as “Free Speech” as an employee or as a commenter on an Internet blog. And yes, I do understand the ridiculousness of having to “jump through hoops” to be able to make a simple comment to an either highly objectionable or highly agreeable remark or story. However, when you stepped immediately into the “Free Speech” remark, to me you were simply another clueless “Free Speech” fidiot. Which brings me to “third:”

      Believe me I almost assuredly know more about computers than you will ever know. Combine the adjective use of the word commonly used for fornication with the noun of the word for an “utterly foolish and senseless person” and you have the “word” that you question: fidiot. And yes, it is *not* a “misspelling” to my spell-check because I added it to the spell-check.

      And lastly, I have no problem with what people may or may not believe. And for what you call an “anti-christian” movement, is almost wholly incorrect. While almost all atheists may question how someone can believe in one of those thousands of sky-santas out there, they have no objection with your believing in that “presence.” The problem comes when the fidiots that believe also believe that they have some kind of right to make others live by those belief. (Sounds kinda like “gotta convert those “infidels,” doesn’t it?) So understand, it’s *not* “anti-christian,” it’s “anti-christian actions” that has grown over the past decades. And rightfully so. Don’t agree? How do you feel about the Muslim countries with their Sharia Laws? Yeah. Thought so. (*If* you’re at least honest with yourself on that answer.) So do you now understand how atheists feel about your similar ilk trying to force their religious beliefs onto everyone?

      So yes, when some moronic simpleton whose only claim is to have created a duck call (and then the *sons* used creative marketing to make the real money) wants to “quote” his buybull and add additional homophobic remarks after having already made previous pedohebephilic comments, many people are going to react. Don’t we have the “Free Speech” right to do so?

  • John

    Terrible humans who need to be removed from earth.

  • Tami Menzed

    Perhaps a scandal involving a long lost child from a secret affair should show up on the show. Let’s say a gay black son named Ambroise who votes Democrat, hates meat because he’s a vegan, and resents prayers at the dinner table because he’s an atheist.

    made me laugh, XD