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Phil Robertson, Duck Dynasty Not Going Without Fight

    August 10, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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The Duck Dynasty business started with a humble line of duck calls. Since then, they’ve become the number one reality television show of all time. They sell headbands, t-shirts, and even a chia pet version of Uncle Si.

So what if ratings on their hit television show have been down from its peak? There is still plenty of money to be made from this thing before packing it in.

“We are continuously blown away at the overwhelming response from our fans,” Willie Robertson said. “And as long as they continue to enjoy the show and its message, we’ll bring them more to watch.”

Some say that the reason the show’s ratings have dropped is due to Phil Robertson’s outspoken views on homosexuals and same-sex marriage. Robertson spoke out in a GQ interview about the topic, and it tended up costing him a very brief suspension from the show. But fan outcry brought him back.

The Robertsons are aware that their show is slowing down, but they are not so sure that the controversy has anything to do with it. Executive David McKillop said, “I don’t think there’s any definitive proof that the controversy itself had any impact on the ratings. These things tend to burn very, very bright and then begin to settle into a plateau. These kinds of reality shows based on unique or unusual people don’t usually have great staying power. Duck Dynasty has already beaten the odds by getting into Season 6.”

Duck Dynasty has been so unexpectedly successful for A&E, in fact, the network is looking at a spin-off of the show.

The slowdown and ratings dip have certainly not stopped the licensing opportunities for Duck Dynasty and its brand Duck Commander. In fact, the brand is now launching a line of truck tires available in all terrain and mud terrain styles. The Duck Commander name and logo will be on all these.

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  • Robert

    LETS CURE CANCER NOW!!!!!!!! LET”S GET OPRAH, BILL GATES, WARREN BUFFET AND DONALD TRUMP TOGETHER AND DISCUSS HOW TO ACTUALLY CURE CANCER ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN NOW!!!! PEOPLE THINK FROM ALL THE ADVERTISING THAT PEOPLE LIVE WITH CANCER, THEY REALLY DONT, THEY DIE AND SOME OF THE DEATHS ARE ASBSOLUTELY HORRIBLE THAT EVEN YOUR DOCTOR DOESNT WANT TO TELL WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO YOU BECAUSE IT IS SO SO SCARY AND HORRIBLE. I NEVER KNEW THIS UNTIL MY BROTHER DIED A ASBOSOULTELY HORRIBLE DEATH FROM THIS AND NO DOCTOR WOULD TELL ANYONE OF US EVEN MY BROTHER HOW HORRBILE IT WOULD BE. PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, LEADERS AND WEALTHY PEOPLE OF THE US, Please find the CURE NOW. A CHALLENGE for OPRAH!!, EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE VERY VERY VERY SCARED OF CANCER, IT IS A DEATH Sentence AND after the DECADES AND DECADES AND DECADED AND DECADES………..NOTHING……NO CURE, NOTHING. PEOPLE ARE SO BLINDED BNY CELEBS AND WEALTH WHEN THEY REALLY SHOULD BE SCARED TO DEATH OF CANCER AND BE RALLYING TO GET THESE BIG BIG WEALTHY PEOPLE TO FIND THE CURE FOR CANCER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • jillrudisill

      I believe there are cures for cancer and that our government just won’t let in out to help the people. Think about it if there were a cure for cancer which I believe there is then what would all the doctors, medical insurances and numerous of other people do to rely on our health issues? Just for chemo alone is an outstanding amount of money, to me that is ridiculous. Haven’t you noticed more and more doctors are leaving the great USA to practice elsewhere because of HMO’s and liability insurance that they have to have to practice here? Yes I do believe there are cures but our almighty government is keeping it from us because they don’t want us to benefit from it they would rather see us die instead to them it is cheaper then keeping us alive. Some countries do not even charge their citizens for health care it is provided by their government what’s that tell you about our government it tells me they do not give a shit about us only our vote and then once they are in their comfy job we have a hard time removing them. Other countries have proven cures for different types of cancer and yes we could go to these other countries for medical but how many of us can actually afford to do that? I know a dentist that had cancer and his hope for beating it was o then he decided to go to Mexico for a last ditch effort and guess what he is still alive and still working and is doing fine but he has had to go back several times for a fine tune-up but other then that he is doing great. Unfortunately most are not in that position to do that. What I am saying is it starts with our government to get the cancer cures out there and they are not going to do it or even admit that such treatments exist because then that makes them look bad.

  • MrsSoto

    Robert, this world already has cures for everything. Pharmaceuticals are a multi-billion dollar industry that they won’t give up, people put out big money for the cancer drugs. This world can clone, create chimeras, they’ve also said a head transplant is possible now. They want our money and they want us dead. It’s terrible. But, none of this surprises our God. These are the last days. Keep looking up.

  • Jeff

    The show new new writer the materials is getting old

  • Jeff

    Show needs new writers the material is old I enjoyed it in the beginning but the same theme gets old fast

  • hgjhb

    The liberals are trying to change history and say that the ratings are down due to Phil’s outspoken stance against sin. HA!! Not even close. Most people agree with him but due to the political climate won’t say that they agree with him for fear of losing their jobs, be prosecuted by this administration, etc.

    “Do NOT be deceived, adulterers, fornicators, homosexuals…will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God.” I Cor. 6:9-10; Romans 1; etc, etc, etc.

    • Peter Gozinya

      go watch honey boo boo – trailer trash mor0n

    • jefbonn

      So you are ignoring the fact that just last year the ratings were at a record high, but they tanked the very first season after Phil’s hateful stupidity was made public?

      • Tony Bertrand

        can you show what was hateful,, how truthful and you just refuse the truth

      • ExtremeRC

        Phil said nothing hateful. If you disagree, please state exactly what Phil said that was hateful towards anyone. He spoke against behavior, not people.

      • NCOriolesFan

        Show me Phil’s hateful stupidity.

    • James Bradley

      Well, maybe its just a coincidence that the ratings were at their all time high right before the controversy, then dropped in half right after and have declined ever since…. and maybe you’d like to buy the Golden Gate Bridge off me to LOL LOL – Most people stopped watching as his anti god, anti Christian rants became the norm, his ignorant views on blacks, and his patently illegal calls for adult men to take junior high age girls as brides, have sex with them, and “train them”, a sexual perversion of young people combined with an intolerance for others that goes completely against normal Christian views, not too mention in the instance of his support for “training” children his views that go against all standard federal law regarding child sex abuse. I know several conservatives, they all don’t watch as they don’t want to be associated with this guy!

  • Tim Faubert

    The ratings are down do to people boycotting a&e because they suspended phill in the first place hasnothing to do with phill or his comments

    • James Bradley

      Uhhhh…. why would anyone stop watching the show WHEN PHIL WAS BROUGHT BACK ????? That makes absolutely no sense. “Bring Back Phil or we wont watch” followed by “Oh, Phil is back, well we wont watch” – Think before you post !!!

  • ExtremeRC

    Love the show, and love the Robertson family even more.

    • Peter Gozinya

      says the inbred hillbilly

      • Just Me

        You call someone an inbred hillbilly and your name is Peter Gozinya? I find that ironic.
        Not a single one of your posts is remotely positive and for the most part, you are brash and rude. It must be miserable being you if you have that much venom to spare.

  • paching arte elculo cabron

    Others say that the reason the shows ratings have dropped is due to the change of day and programming from a one hour time slot to a 30 minute show per episode by the executives at A&E , my grandfather always said “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “you can’t fix stupid”.

  • sneaux49

    These people that comment are nuts. If the ratings are going down it would have absolutely nothing to do with Phil. These things run in a cycle. Even regular TV shows run in a cycle. I just watched a biography of Full House. It ran out of gas after awhile. I watch Duck Dynasty because I like the show. I don’t care what Phil believes in. I’m not watching it to change my life. Just for entertainment. I’m sure if a gay person wanted to go duck hunting with Phil he would be open to it. He separates the person from their sexual preferences. If people are actually boycotting for whatever reason they’re goofy. They people on the show are having fun. It’s nice to see a family that stays together. And Si is a Vietnam vet. Can’t be too bad.

    • Peter Gozinya

      this show SUCKS. only inbred hillbillies like yourself watch this. Must be a lot of your kind in WVA

      • sneaux49

        You might be right. First of all I’m not FROM WV. I live in WV. Second you don’t have to like anything but I’d like to know who gave you the power to judge? I can tell by your messages that you are obviously a MENSA so carrying on a conversation with you would be a losing proposition for me. So you’re correct on all your statements. I will go and get my knuckles wrapped up from dragging them on the ground. You sure did set me straight.

      • ExtremeRC

        Checked your profile. You apparently are incapable of making any kind of serious discussion, aren’t you. Your comments are all of a negative nature, insulting others and hateful. Very sad to watch.

        Now if you are capable of a civil discussion, I’d love to hear exactly what about Duck Dynasty makes you so incensed.

      • Slim

        I think you are the inbred fuck. If you don’t like the show then shut your FUCKING mouth and don’t watch it.

    • James Bradley

      There is no denying that the show achieved it highest ratings after a steady by season climb leading up the last season before Phil started talking about blacks being better off as slaves and how he thinks adult men should have sex and train 14 year old girls. The following season they dropped in half and have been in decline since. When you are steadily climbing, then you mouth off and the climb immediately stops and turns into a massive descent, that isn’t :”running its course” – That’s America starting to see they aren’t amused by a man who supports anti Christain views on minorities and tolerance of others who also supports child molestation.

    • James Bradley

      usually a show has a slow decline in ratings, like this past season when NCIS slipped from #1 to #3. DD lost over half it’s audience right after Phil’s anti children, anti tolerance rants went public. That’s not running out of gas, that’s people mortified about someone’s anti Christian, anti American views and wanting nothing to do with him.

  • Randy

    The only thing wrong with the show is this.. You can only eat so many green M&M’s .

  • sly

    What the media doesn’t tell you is that Duck Dynasty and the Robertson’s are as popular as ever. If you don’t believe it, ride by the Duck Commander like I do every day on my way to and from work, and see how many people from all over the world are there. It hasn’t slowed down one bit. The media is so biased I wouldn’t believe much of anything or anyone they side with. As for Phil Robertson, if you don’t want to know what he thinks, don’t ask. Loving the Robertson’s and what they stand for here in West Monroe, La.

    • James Bradley

      You’re not as popular as ever when you used to have 8-10 million people watching you every week and now you have 3.5. You’re not as popular as ever when you used to have enough viewership to compete with Top 20 programs on the Networks and now you rank behind “Big Bang Theory” re runs, TNT’s “Major Crimes” drama, and the weekly Pro Wrestling Show on USA.

  • mark

    we(my family)agree with everything that phil robertson said. we are christian.the bible says,(GOD)says no sin shall enter in heaven. homosexuals is a sin. jesus died for all sin one time and one time only.find john 3.16.his plan for salvation is so simple.

    • James Bradley

      So you agree that black people were happy as slaves and better off back then ?? You also agree that adult men should take junior high age girls and make them wives so they can be “Trained” properly ? I can only hope that you do not live near minorities or children

      • Jennifer

        Where did Phil say it was okay for grown men to take young girls as their wives?

  • cant_believe_it

    Thank you, President Obama for fixing the economy and bringing so much wealth to American families that they even have enough money to buy crappy and overpriced Duck Dynasty merchandise.

  • Teets O’Toole

    i would like to see Phil in a thong…he is so handsome

  • Rich Long

    So let the homosexuals boycott it, Who TF cares! I boycott them!

  • gmlala

    Maybe if every hour of the day it wasn’t playing, people would actually want to watch it? Every time I check channels, Duck Dynasty is listed.

    • ExtremeRC

      Here’s a suggestion. You don’t need to watch television all day.

      The repetition is to give viewers a choice of viewing times, not to watch the show all day. It assumes you have other things going in your life.

      • gmlala

        Have you ever heard of “on demand”, where you can actually watch any time?

        By the way, I don’t watch all day. I have a life. But it’s funny that when I do, this POS show is listed on A&E.

        • ExtremeRC

          So since you have “on demand”, what is your complaint about DD?

          And A&E wouldn’t play it so much if it wasn’t so profitable for them. You may not like the show, but millions of others do … and A&E are making a mint with this show. Even so, it’s only played two days a week in my area. Maybe more in yours?

          You call the show a POS. While I respect your right to that opinion, I wonder if it has anything to do with the Robertson’s emphasis on faith, and Phil’s comments in recent months?