‘Duck Dynasty’ Premiere Ratings Drop: Did the Phil Robertson Controversy Hurt the Show?

'Duck Dynasty' Premiere Ratings Drop: Did the Phil Robertson Controversy Hurt the Show?

The hit A&E series breaks its premiere-to-premiere growth streak; is the wind out of the duck calls?

First, the good news for the “Duck Dynasty” Robertson clan: A whole lot of people tuned in to watch their series return for a fifth season on Wednesday.

Now, the bad news: It wasn't quite the crowd that tuned in for the last season premiere. Or even the one before that.

See video: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson: Marry 15 or 16 Year Old Girls

The Season 5 premiere of “Duck Dynasty” — the first new episode since the controversy that family patriarch Phil Robertson stirred with anti-gay comments that he made in a GQ interview — drew 8.5 million total viewers. Which is an impressive number, especially for cable. And it's a hair higher than the 8.4 million total viewers that the Season 4 finale drew in October.

But the premiere numbers mark a distressing reversal of momentum for the series: It's the first season premiere that has actually fallen short of the previous season's debut. And it did so by a pretty wide margin.

Also read: Phil Robertson Supporters Not Satisfied With ‘Duck Dynasty’ Return

The Season 4 premiere in August 2013 drew a record 11.8 million  total viewers — which shakes out to a 28 percent drop for Wednesday's premiere. Granted, the previous premiere took place during the summer, when the networks were mostly in reruns.

But the Season 3 premiere, in February 2013, also bested the most recent season debut, edging it out with 8.6 million total viewers.

Also read: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Reversal: GLAAD Tells A&E Not to Put Profits Over People

It's not exactly an encouraging sign, particularly considering that “Duck Dynasty” doubled its audience between its series premiere and its Season 2 premiere — and then doubled it again between the Season 2 premiere and Season 3 premiere. (See chart for full trajectory.)

With Season 5's premiere drawing essentially even with the Season 3 premiere and the Season 4 finale — and considering the boost that the Season 4 premiere most likely received from a lack of competition from the networks — it's hard to say that the controversy over Robertson's comments hurt the show. But it certainly doesn't seem to have helped.

See video: Sarah Palin Defended ‘Duck Dynasty's’ Phil Robertson Without Even Reading His GQ Interview

And given the steady growth in series premieres had enjoyed up to this point, it's hard to question whether a little wind has been taken out of the duck calls.

Like the old saying goes: If it looks like a duck, swims  like a duck and quacks like a duck … maybe Phil Robertson just might have been better off keeping his opinions to himself.

DDratings

  • Rick H

    Noisy bigots may be able to sway the decision of stupid marketing executives, but when push comes to shove decent people know trash when they see it and do not need to tune in to watch perverted mental midgets demonstrate their ignorance to the world.

    • chanctob

      Grow the hell up or go back to 3rd grade and start over. Just because you have so much anger built up inside because the world doesn't accept your lifestyle and choices, doesn't make a decent enough to call everyone else a bigot, when you are the self centered bigot because you can't control your heterophobics.

      • reader2

        I am a heterosexual married woman with three children. I am also over 50 years old. I was a registered Republican for most of my life. I am now an Independent. Believe it or not everyone who supports equal rights and marriage equality for ALL are gay. Some straight people support equal rights as well, and I am one. So, no need to talk about “lifestyle.” I support equal rights because it is the right thing to do. It should not be a political issue. Education is key. It is you who needs to grow up.

        • 20to1Devotchka

          Well said Reader…Im a straight female as well and strongly support equal rights..in fact here in Maine we just legalized same sex marriage…. theyre just hateful because they know the world is going to progress whether they like it or not and that their close minded ship of “traditional” family values is sinking…. its astonishing how many of these “christians” preach so much hate…and sad really

  • Red

    I have been a loyal viewer since Duck Dynasty began and would have watch the session opener if it was advertised by the TV station. There was not even a hint on the station that the new season was being activated on xx date. Even the TV guide in my city did not show the Duck Dynasty show was new. But, who knows….maybe that was the point….don't tell….don't advertise it as new, etc.

  • JohnQ

    All these media outlets are claiming that Phil Robertson's opinion is what hurt ratings for the season opener. That's total nonsense! Do they really believe that the viewer base of Duck Dynasty is that upset about his comments? An overwhelming majority of the people who are complaining have probably never seen a single episode of the show. The REAL reason that ratings were lower is that they aired the two opening episodes an hour later (@ 10P ET) and didn't advertise the opener.

    • nanna

      Too many people read what this columinst says and fail to get the facts. People make up your own minds.

      • Jimmy Beam

        You don't have to read the article to get the facts. It's all the same hate spewed in every other liberal media outlet. You read one you read them all it's the same BS for weeks they don't stop.

        • oldkydude

          You don't need the facts? what dream world are you living in Jimmy? You blame the liberal media for printing the facts, the bigot got caught speaking and spewing his ignorant and outdated opinions. That hatred will live on and on to the narrow minded people who were raised that way. A racist is a racist no matter if you use the bible as your reason. The words he said were hurtful and that's the fact.

          • 20to1Devotchka

            lol…dont need the article to get the facts..Jimmy is clearly as unintelligent as he is disillusioned…and its the liberal media “spewing hate”? Then whats a racist like Phil Robertson doing? Preaching the word of God?? If God is a racist bigoted piece of sh*t like Phil Robertson then I have no intentions on being a christian…Oldkydude,.theres almost no sense in arguing with the ignorance of the right wing logic….I do wonder where their fact phobia stems from though…

          • Jimmy Beam

            You got that there is no sense arguing with ignorance. You ignorant people see things one way your way!! No matter how much your proved wrong your to ignorant to accept it!! You people are pathetic…..

          • Nickrhayter

            You and Oldkydude are just a couple of intolerant bigots.

          • Buck wheat

            Moron he's trying to say all you have to do is google duck dynasty and every liberal media outlet tells the same story!! So basically you read one you read them all.

        • crystal8521

          I just read about Black a Florida Tea party politician calling for Obamas lynching.
          Then we all heard Right wing nut and NRA representative Ted Nugent calling the president a sub human mongrel chimpanzee.
          So what's this about Liberals and hate talk?

          • Jimmy Beam

            I'm in the middle I think there all nuts but the liberals are ten times worst.

          • DeWayne

            In the Webster Dictionary, is where will be found description of ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative', however where the problem arises, is from political brainwashing… and of this later if read closely, (both) political parties correctly identify the other as evil and corrupt.

            What should be obvious from this, both Websters Dictionary and Dem/Gop political parties are correct, and for better understanding, deeper study need be accomplished.

          • Nickrhayter

            You must be a chimpanzee your self to support that idiot. I'm bet my life you voted for him because he is a monkey. He is the worst president in modern history!!

          • Pizzdud

            That's fking beautiful Ted Nugent is the man telling that monkey what's up!!

        • DeWayne

          Jimmy Beam…
          Unfortunately, there are some that do not realize the facts (in this case) are not found in the charges made against Phil, the facts are what Phil Robertson actually said in full context, that refute the false charges.
          So again proving as taught in the bible, of those deaf and blind (spiritually), may well express themselves in similar manner.

    • Buckwheat

      You raise a good point, John Q: The viewer base who have watched DD would not be surprised by Phil's biblically-based remarks and the critics probably have never watched it. And you're right about the poorly advertisced opener. I think DD will do just fine and every show goes through its ups and downs and eventually ends. I think Yahoo doesn't like that A&E caved and DD is back on TV so needs to exaggerate ratings for a poorly advertised premiere.

      • reader2

        I don't like what Phil said, and believe he did harm to innocent people, so count me as one viewer who DID watch the show, and did buy his products – duck calls, books, t-shirts, hats – and who will now stop doing so. However. I do admit that even before this controversy came up, I was already thinking that I was tired of the show. I was wrapping Christmas gifts (before he made the comments) and had the reruns on – watched several episodes, some I had seen before, and some I had not… I was thinking I'm tired of the show, same ole thing – tired of camouflage and especially tired of their hair and beards, so I probably would not have continued to be a regular viewer anyway. We did have our DVR set to record all the episodes, and I cancelled that (due to his remarks). I did, however, watch about half of the season premier – not sure why. But, I just could not look at Phil in the same light… could not enjoy watching. Turned it off. Phil ruined it for me. I'll never watch again, and will not buy any more DD products. I agree, however, that the ratings are partially just due to people getting tired of the show, as I already was before the controversy. For the record, I am an independent. I am conservative on many issues, but in favor of gay marriage being legal. Let each pastor decide who they want to marry — just like a priest will not marry a Catholic to a non-Christian, or a divorced person…It has been that way for years. That has nothing to do with legal marriage, performed by the state. Separate issue.

      • DeWayne

        What would be a surprise to many, had they surfed internet-blogs concerning this issue immediately after as I did, was finding many gay individuals complaining the foolish actions of A&E, just as angry as everyone else.
        This should begin others wondering, who or what agency did this GLAAD actually represent, and about this, an interesting reading would be concerning false agents and agencies, now called (false) ‘Astroturf'… a wealthy and powerful few, driving public opinion in direction benefiting (only) themselves.

    • reader2

      I don't like what Phil said, and believe he did harm to innocent people, so count me as one viewer who did watch the show, and did buy his products – duck calls, books, t-shirts – and who will now stop doing so. HOWEVER, before this controversy came up, I was already thinking that I was tired of the show. I was wrapping Christmas gifts (before he made the comments) and had the reruns on – watched several episodes, some I had seen before, and some I had not… I was thinking I'm tired of the show, same ole thing – tired of camouflage and especially tired of their hair and beards, so I probably would not have continued to be a regular viewer anyway. We did have our DVR set to record all the episodes, and I won't do that any more. I did, however, watch the season premier – not sure why. But, I just could not look at Phil in the same light… could not enjoy watching. He ruined it for me. I'll never watch again, and will not buy any more DD products.

    • reader2

      Just want to say that my family used to be fans of DD, and we will not watch them any more. We have also bought duck calls, T-shirts, books, etc. and we will not do so again. Admittedly, we were starting to lose interest even before the controversy. But, just to let you know that there were people who DID watch the show, that do NOT agree with his comments off the air, and I was especially disturbed when other comments from his “sermons” (found on you tube) came to light. I just cannot see Phil in the same light. Peace!

  • ThatBobGuy

    Ever think that the drop was due to Pawn Stars new show on at the same time over on History channel? just saying…

  • nanna

    Did you forget to mention what they were up against, shows at the same time In such a hurry to side against people that have the guts to actually say what they think.??

  • jon

    Sudden Link in Az. didn't air the new show till 11pm. Now how many working people are staying up till midnight to watch tv. Seems like a network set-up too me

  • machgman

    Noisy hater and ever shriller bigots may keep trying to dump on everything related to this show, but you little crying bullies need to get over it. Your bully tactics to harm another person's freedom of speech and expression could always backfire and come back to be applied to you, just as the Nazis did to each segment of the population (if you are ignorant of this, go back to school). All it takes is another court decision to take away your freedom of speech rights just as the courts have allowed spying to be done on everyone by the NSA with Obama's approval until he got caught. So you little bullies need to give it up and try to be civilized, which you could learn a thing or two about from Phil instead of your fake sophistication you try to fawn off on others.

    • reader2

      No ONE took away or tried to take away his freedom of speech. HELLO! They did, however, criticize what he said, and speak out against his foolish, ignorant, comments, and that was THEIR freedom of speech. Freedom of speech has to do with being able to speak your mind without government sanctions. Phil spoke his mind, and he is free to do so again tomorrow, the next day, and every day for the rest of his life with no government sanctions. Others are also free to criticize those comments and call him a bigot.Stop listening to conspiracy theorists on the radio, and think for yourself. Oh, I know, why don't you somehow link this to Obama? LOL!!

      • justathought

        reader2…I have heard the “freedom of speech” issue throughout this mess. Is it me? I do not see where “freedom of speech” should have even been mentioned. This man (Phil), Is free to say what he wants, but I refuse to give him the right to abuse others with his speech. If he had said; I do not feel that homosexuality is compatible with my faith, I could have respected that. But, NOOOOOO! He had to add some passion to his words….Offensive to say the least. To all the gay people that was not offended by this man's choice of words, I say: Have some respect for yourself and those like you! Do not try to find acceptance where there is none.

    • reader2

      No. Phil has freedom of speech. He made his remarks with no government reprecussions, and he can continue to make those remarks and more every day of his life, and the gov't will not do anything to silence him. But we also have the freedom of speech to criticize him. It's pretty simple, actually.

      • reader2

        Ha – didn't see that I had already answered this a few days ago.

      • DeWayne

        Phil Robertson was asked by a reporter, likened to (deceptive) polls worded to elicit specific responses, a direct question that Phil replied as he believed taught in the bible.
        Perhaps the greater part of Americas population have this ‘religious’ teaching (and belief), however where young ‘reader2' do you get the power to silence or demand Phil be punished. The gay community is estimated to be 2-3% of this nations population, among the gay community are those also sharing this same religious belief (all sin's are sin… and all are sinners).
        If you so desire, no longer watch Duck Dynasty, stop buying DD sponsor merchandise, speak your belief often and openly… but stop demanding these same rights of others such as Phil Robertson must cease.

    • DeWayne

      machgman…
      Do not quickly blame the many false charges being made against Phil Robertson and Duck Dynasty…
      Today American's are being inundated with false “Astroturf” agents and agencies, often paid liars (false citizen activist), putting out and using propaganda to deceive and mislead.
      How many today will deny (our) government leaders no longer represent American citizens, or that US media is controlled (or censored) and spews out considerable lies and propaganda.
      We are being divided in America, both straight and gay… and every (common) one else.

  • chanctob

    The ratings are down because a lot of people are boycotting A&E, and will watch DD when it comes out on other media.

    • Jae

      It is not coming out on another network A&E owns the name and storyline. So please keep not watching . Idiot

      • chanctob

        Is that all you can do is act childish and name calling. Grow the hell up already. Other media is say, a dvd season box set.

        • Jae

          Who do you think the DVD money will go to?

          • Jimmy Beam

            If gay people like you should have just stayed in the closet the world would have been a better place!!

          • Jae

            O well you don't always get your way cry baby

          • Jimmy Beam

            I'm not crying just stating a fact!!

          • Jae

            There is not enough room with you in there . You been owned you are dismissed now run along the adults need to chat

          • Jimmy Beam

            Ya I was in there with you you got me all figured out. I admit it I'm a fag.

          • Jae

            Thanks for being honest now go play in the road

          • justathought

            Jimmy Beam…”better place”? For whom? Obviously not for the gay person. I guess it would be better for yourself. You have such a loving attitude.

          • Pizdud

            I'm sure he's just sick of hearing you people hating everyone with opinions that differ from yours. Intolerant Ignorant people like you belong in a closet.

          • 20to1Devotchka

            have you ever thought maybe your obvious homophobia is a result of your intellectual incapacity to understand your latent homosexual tendencies? Its always the ones that are deathly against it and call it a deviancy that are the ashamed to be who they really are….

          • Mr Pee

            Homophobe

          • Jimmy Beam

            Yea I'm a homophobe I'm afraid my true self might come out and start blowing dudes!! Looking at hot dudes sends chills up my spine. I guess it's time to come out of my closet you people got me all figured out…

      • sean

        It is the duck dynasty name they own nothing else, and I love the fact that they'd give it up in a second rather than sell out their Christian faith.Too all who watch and enjoy the show buy duck commander products only that is the families brand not pro homosexual A&E whom owns the rights to duck dynasty.

        • justathought

          No one is “selling out their christian faith”. If a person is wrong, they are wrong. Christians can be wrong you know?

          • Kevin

            Under the First Amendment of the Constitution, we are all guaranteed the Freedom of Speech. After carefully re-reading the Amendment, however, I can find nowhere that it guarantees an audience. Or a reality show. Under the free market capitalism of our nation, the program will either soldier on – or it will collapse from lack of viewers. Ultimately, the law of supply and demand will trump all other talking points. If or when DD ceases film production, Phil Robertson will simply return to the swamps spouting his intolerance of others. I think it's highly unlikely that he's going to change, though. A&E and DD has been very very good to Phil, et. al.

  • Tired Of Gridlock

    I think it's a matter of discovery, the ratings grew as people discovered the show.By now, everyone who's a fan watches, those who didn't care for it have left.
    I had stopped watching A&E during the suspension of Phil. Now he's back, I'm back, but I still have a level of disgust against A&E now that I know their agenda.

    • Ruth&Ester

      While everyone is entitled to their opinion. I will respectfully add that Phil Robertson is as ignorant has the day is long and evil to the core. When a people tells/shows you who they are believe them. This so called Christian would assume from his proclamations/practice on blacks, and gays have us living in slave quarters and putting people in the gas chambers… This old plantation general should know better than to attack an oppressed people – blessed and highly favored by God. It's the same as hurting your own women and kids simple because you have all the power. The “true God” is getting tired of people like him using Jesus – the name that is above all names to spread and justify hate.. God will not be mocked. Judgment day will greet us all and some will fair well and others will be left behind.. #Jesuswasahumbleman

      • Buckwheat

        I don't know what Bible you read, but I don't think you know anything about Jesus Christ or what Phil actually said (vs. what the liberal media says he said.) God, indeed, will not be mocked, and Phil was simply quoting correctly from the Bible. Haters of Jesus-and the Truth He taught- called him a hater, too, and killed Him for it. Phil was repeating the Truth from the Holy Bible, not spreading hate as you say. I suggest you go and read about the real Ruth & Esther from the Bible and learn about the real God they followed.

        • reader2

          It's the same ole “catch-22.” First you say, “follow the Bible.” Then people remind you that the Bible says, “don't eat pork, kill people who work on Sunday, kill gluttons, kill children who talk back to their parents, kill gay people, etc.” Then they say, “Oh no, we don't go by the Old Testament any more .Jesus came, and now we have a new covenant.” Then we say, “okay scholars can explain the context of Paul's words in the N.T. (which was prostitution not committed loving relationships), and Jesus never spoke about gay marriage.” Then they say, “what about Leviticus!” Then we say, “that's the Old Testament, You just said we are under a new convenant.” Then they say, ” No – All scripture is God-breathed! And, Jesus did not come to do away with the law!” Then we say, “Okay, what about all the other things in Leviticus (not to mention the rest of the O.T.) – pork, shellfish, wearing clothing of two materials, gluttony, kill this person and that person, working on Sunday, stonings, etc. etc and the things we just mentioned, but you said no longer applied since we're under a new covenant………….. and the merry-go-round goes on and on and on and on – a vicious cycle. People pick and choose which verses to take literally, based on their own prejudice. When it turns out that God hates all the same people that you hate, that's a good indication that you have molded “God” into a reflection of yourself, instead of molding yourself to reflect the goodness of God or Jesus. Biblical literalists create atheists daily. They do the devil's work, so to speak… They drive people away from Christ.

          • DeWayne

            reader2….
            To quote from the bible, you need have some understanding what the bible teaches, commonly understood as you mention being the Old Covenant (Testament), the New Covenant (Testament).

            You apparently are offended by pork, your true Christian friend will not eat pork in front of you. Be assured, any Christian that say they are w/o sin, are sinning. Now go read the New Covenant (Testament), and discover where you've gone astray.

          • reader2

            I have a lot of understanding of the Bible. I studied for 8 years on a spiritual journey. During my studies it occurred to me to ask the questions, “Wait, where did the Bible come from? Who decided that there should be a Bible? Who chose which manuscripts should be included? Who decided which manuscripts were “inspired by God?” Answer: Men, fallible men. Not God, men. Did the God of the universe tell someone to write a book? Is the God of the universe jealous, vengeful, murderous, spiteful, unjust (such as in killing firstborns in the O. T. — yes, I know there is a “new covenant” but was he EVER that way, even before a new covenant?); does he like the smell of burning flesh? Answer, No, he is not a little God — He's a big God. God is love. Men wrote the Bible, not God…. men. Fallible Men. People are afraid to know this — they are afraid that the whole house of cards will come tumbling down if they look into this and they will be left with no hope. But it is not true. What you are left with is a beautiful, BIG, loving God who would never approve of some of the things in the Bible. Peace! (and know that this comes from someone who was raised a fundamentalist in the deep south. Throw off the fear. You'll be glad you did. You'll be SO glad to be free. The truth will set you free!)

          • DeWayne

            You of course are correct about the original manuscripts, and those selected for the Vulgate and Protestant bibles. There is (one) important assurance, I found, that it being not the text inerrant, but the Word, and best yet the Word is spiritually (HS) discerned.
            You are equally correct regarding prophetic end and last days, obvious where ever today you look and listen… we could have a lot of fun comparing discoveries of truth. But I will insist, the Word is still called the ‘inspired'… and to appreciate, what to say, needs spiritual discernment… that should scare the legalistic into a hair raising frenzy.

      • DeWayne

        Ruth& Ester…
        It is surprising how a nations leaders may paint another people as ‘raghead/camel-jockey', and in such manner find the brainwashed w/o condemnation nor conscience, sent willingly killing off millions of these ‘evil’ (Iraqi) people.

        Yet when a person speaks of this condition called sin from the bible, it is the person expressing this sin that is evil. Perhaps it is from similar preacher, recounting our 80% importation of all we consume from Third World (slavery), calling this ‘gods Blessings”… but you are correct, those that do not learn from the past (history), are bound to repeat it.

    • Ma Nell

      Yep. Ditto. What you said …Grid.

  • wonderboy70

    The people who write this stuff want the show to fail and will find anything negative to say about it. Yes ratings dropped. Most shows ratings drop after they've been on for a few season's. Quit making a big deal out of nothing. I'm also not a big Duck Dynasty fan but give it a rest already!

  • DDJunky

    Still beat everything on TV!

  • mp10

    So the Christmas Special, which aired after the comments were made, had higher ratings than the previous season. Not sure I follow your logic….

    • Jae

      At Walmart their stuff was on Clearance and was not selling most educated people don't buy their bullcrap

      • mp10

        LOL….the guy who says “most educated people” mispells bullcrap….lol

        • Jae

          That is because the filter would have blocked it as it did in another post

          • mp10

            Really Jae? Weird how it didn't filter it when I spelled it correctly. Typical for a liberal to not only make an excuse but to lie about it in the process.

          • Jae

            Whatever that all you got? Does not change the facts nice try though

          • mp10

            You're right. It doesn't change the fact that Duck Dynasty had higher ratings for the Christmas Special which was after the comments were made. It doesn't change the fact that you made a crack on uneducated people only to misspell a word. It doesn't change the fact that you then lied about why you misspelled it.

          • Jae

            I did it to pee u off

          • mp10

            Well you failed again. Nothing makes me happier than making a liberal look rediculous. Enjoyed it.

          • Jae

            I'm an independent

          • Jester

            Yea you go both ways!!

          • Jimmy Beam

            Just give it up idiot!!

          • Jae

            I agree he is…. You mean you're an idiot ? Now go back and edit ….you proved my point lil drunkie redneck

          • Jimmy Beam

            What are you talking about idiot!! (bullcrape)

        • Jimmy Beam

          Look he fixed it ..haha

          • Jae

            Don't you have a show about bearded duck turds to go watch or some chores for mommy to do?

          • Jimmy Beam

            They're on tomorrow night. I'll just play with your mommy instead.

  • Aim111

    The show was advertised on my TV stations, as well as on nearly ever internet news site out there. It got more publicity and more attention than it ever has because of his remarks and the media attention that followed.. I think the point is, people are just tired of the make believe world of reality TV, tired of people spouting off nonsense and tired of the whole hate culture that some people in this country live in. I'm all for free speech and everyone has a right to their opinion..but people also have a right to dislike what you say and to reject your opinion. That's the facts JACK.

    • DeWayne

      Aim111…
      Hate… some immediately, after pious statements, will follow the Psyops of the “religious war”, and damn all Muslim as liar's, murder's, and as near human trash… so much for “Pious” understanding today in America, thanks to the propaganda mills that brainwash this nation 24/7.

  • Photo 107

    and maybe Mr. Kennealy, you should keep your opinions to yourself….you honestly think they care how many people watched their show?….they were multimillionaires BEFORE the show even aired!…..

  • bobina519

    Are you kidding me-Of course his comment hurt the show. What else do you attribute 3.5 million viewers less in such a short time to. By next month it will hit 5 million-that is the latest projection. I have said it many times do not mess with the LGBT community. They have a strong boycott voice. Others have discovered the same facts and fate just as the Bachelor will. No show on TV can withstand a boycott of that magnitude. Every gay person has a family and or kids and friends that believe as strongly in equality of color, gender and sexual preference as they do. DD will die a slow death and if it airs at all next season it means there were too many episodes already in the can and would be too big of a loss but it is too late A&E is now being boycotted for their flip flop. If A&E think the voice of the Duck family not continuing without dear old Dad will save this show they are sadly mistaken. The voice of non haters is far louder. Those who wish to teach our children that HATE is a crime must cut off the head of the snake whenever it rears it ugly head. WHACK—–

    • Jeff Tlano

      bob, youre a moron. faggots are just radical nutcases, as well as deviants, and those of us who would like to see our nation return to sanity are beginning to wake up to your radical agenda and we are sick of you. so prepare to see more and more resistance to your stupidity and immorality.

      • reader2

        I am a heterosexual woman with three children; married to a man for 27 years. I am not a liberal. I lean right on many issues. However, I am for gay rights, and gay marriage. As Thomas Jefferson says, it does not pick my pocket, and does me no harm. I'm for freedom. And, I am not for singling out a minority to pick on and do harm. I am disturbed by all the harm, and heartache caused under the guise of being “good Christians.” It's just like the segregation issue. I was raised in the south 30 miles from where the Robertsons live. Believe me, there are many people in that area who would still have segregated schools if they were allowed to vote on it — they WOULD still vote for segregation. Education is key. And it is key that all who believe in equality and fairness speak out, whether Republican, Democrat, Independent, or whatever.

        • Shin Tshung Wong

          If segregation is so bad, where are the protests against Israel's treatment of Palestinians and plans to deport African immigrants?

          • crystal8521

            you need to just go fuck off and die asshole.

          • Jeff Tlano

            chrystal, you are so TOLERANT, you must be a jew or a fucking libtard. lol.

          • Nickrhayter

            She is a monkey a$$ liberal!!!

          • reader2

            LOL. You're for segregation? I'm just wondering, did you grow up in the United States? // I haven't heard anything about Israel deporting AA's. If it's true, I still can't do anything about Israel — I don't have citizenship there. If true, I would not agree with it, however.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            ” I haven't heard anything about Israel deporting AA's.”
            Just google “Israel deport Africans”.

            “If it's true, I still can't do anything about Israel — I don't have citizenship there.”
            I assume you're not complaining about Russia either.

        • Buckwheat

          I feel very said for you, reader 2, as you have been deceived into buying the BIG LIE: That homosexuality is biologically based like race and gender. Its not. Homosexuality is a sexual preference, a choice. Thousands of people have thought they were gay then went back to straight, even celebrities. The “good Christians” you write of are bucking against the deceptions of modern culture and trying to speak the truth from a Biblical perspective, which is not about “hating” gays or being afraid of gays (eg. “homophobic”). They just oppose them teaching the lies that go with homosexuality. We agree on one thing, though: Education IS key! What gender one has sex with is NOT a civil rights issue like race and gender, so in that way its not about equality and love, its about sex. Stop buying the lie and wake up.

          • reader2

            No, I have not been deceived. I know gay people, and I believe them when they say it is not a choice. It is something they have known since childhood. Some I know have never even acted on their attractions, but they know they are gay. I am also a counselor, and have studied this. So, please… why do you want to make life difficult for people… Just live and let live.

          • justathought

            Listen “Buckwheat” . I know from personal experience that you are WRONG. Gay is NOT choice! What evidence do you have to say it is. Seeing people flip back and forth from male to female is from inner struggle for self acceptance. I have done that as well. You can tell me nothing. I was married and still gay…that was a choice…..but the entire time I was with my wife, I WAS GAY! Listen and learn (or) stay ignorant.

      • Flovers

        Jeff. You need to open your fking mind bro. “We” are sick of you…what fking world do you live in? Maybe we all should put you in a concentration camp and teach you what love is. Such a hypocrite.

      • crystal8521

        I just read yet another published study showing the correlation between people with prejudices and bigotry to low IQ's. Looks like you validated that study well.

        • Jeff Tlano

          crystal, do you know how biased those stupid studies are ?? how about the simple study of faggot priests that lied their way into the catholic priesthood ??
          do you believe that most catholic priests are faggots ?? obviously not, yet who committed 90% of the pedophile acts ?? FAGGOTS. faggots who not only lied to get into the priesthood, but did so to gain access to little boys to rape.
          hense you have nambla, the man boy love club that wants to make pedophilia and little boy rape legal.
          and i do not validate the study in another way you illiterate activist; i am highly educated and with a high iq.
          thats EXACTLY why i dont buy into the marxist/jew/libtard stupidity of biased fact-twisted supposed studies.

          • Jonas

            Liar. You are neither highly educated nor highly intelligent. You can claim otherwise all you want to, but your grammar, syntax, and content will continue to contradict you.

          • Pizdud

            Typical liberal comeback grammar! No ones writing a term paper there commenting on a BS media website! Think of a better comeback if you can than don't comment at all

          • reader2

            I believe his point is that most intelligent people would not be ranting on using the “fa..” word, “marxist/jew/libtard” and making ridiculous remarks. You don't have to be a liberal to agree with gay marriage, and to disagree with his offensive rant. Reminds me of a meme I saw, “Apparently you can either be taught grammar or hate, but not both.” LOL. Seems to be true in this case.

          • DeWayne

            We have both ‘religious’ ceremony called ‘marriage', and we have ‘civil’ ceremony called ‘union', both given legal status.

            Also true, we do not have to have ‘religious ceremony', however we must have ‘civil’ union document to be legal.

            It is suspect then why ‘religious sanction’ is desired for civil gay union, suspect that perhaps it is to weaken and destroy ‘religion'.

    • Jimmy Beam

      You call people haters in a hate speech!! Go figure!!

  • Valencia Phillip

    ok as a Black Person I have to say I didn't find his comments racist he said “I PERSONALLY never saw the abuse of black people in the pre-civil rights era” not all black people were abused. My great grand mother was a slave, so it's not like I am speaking out of line here, some plantation owners treated their slaves well and with respect, and later not all white people that employed black post slavery mistreated them either. Just because he didn't see it doesn't make him a racist, I never saw a Jewish person in a concentration camp, doesn't mean it didn't happen just means I personally didn't see it. As far as the anti-gay comment, some people translate the bible very literally and there is a verse in it that says no man shall lay down with man nor woman with woman nor man with beast nor woman with beast… he believes that as a part of his faith. He has that right what makes America America is that you have the freedom and CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT to believe whatever you want. When we start choosing who can enjoy life liberty and the pursuit of happiness the constitution may as well be burned. and if he believes and interprets the bible as saying gay people won't get into heaven that is his belief and his right to believe it and if asked for that opinion by a journalist the shouldn't be punished for expressing it he never actually said he was against blacks or against gays he just stated what he knows to be true. Now you can't say people can rally against gay marriage and say phil robertson can not express his opinion when asked directly for it that would be hypocrisy and a double standard if you don't like his opinion don't watch him or read it plain and simple but The family is entertaining, and the network is called arts & ENTERTAINMENT people need to stop with this politically correct nonsense if you are not a politician, politically correct is not for you. So I support the Robertson Family for sticking to their beliefs and not apologizing for answering a question honestly because when we start punishing people for being honest I think we have fallen far from these divine beings we are pretending to be.

    • reader2

      Valencia, I don't mean to sound harsh with this comment, but just a reality check: I actually used to be a fan of the show. I am a white heterosexual woman, married for many years; have three grown children. I live in north Louisiana 30 miles from where the Robertsons live. I graduated from the same college Phil did. I have lived in both Monroe and West Monroe during my 55 years in north Louisiana. I'm sorry, but you are kidding yourself if you think that he and almost everyone his age in that area are not racists. Believe me, if they could push a button and make all the blacks magically disappear from that area, they would. If they were able to VOTE on black rights and segregation, they would vote for segregation. To be “politically correct” in Monroe/West Monroe, Louisiana means to be racist. If anyone speaks against Phil, THEY are socially ostracized for it, not the other way around. Even people who think Phil did something wrong stay quiet for fear of social isolation. Regarding the gay comments, there are tons written and researched regarding the Biblical translations, and also, should we even take the Bible as inerrant? Did the God of the universe write a book. Believe me, the older people will tell you (or at least they will tell ME – maybe not you) in a heartbeat that the Bible says black people are cursed. They will tell you exactly what the Bible says about slavery. They will tell you that most slaves were treated well, and had nothing to complain about. They will tell you that they should still be separate but equal. They will thump the bible all the time they're telling you this. Just a reality check. We should stand up for minorities, including gay people who are SO hurt, so harmed, and so heartbroken, because people refuse to understand that it is NOT a choice. They are born that way. They cannot change their sexual orientation. Most would like to, and most would not have chosen to be born gay, just because of all the prejudice and discrimination they have to face every day of their life, and most of all the belief by Biblical literalists that God somehow does not approve of how they were born… Biblical literalism does So much harm, and so much damage to gay youth.. I am a counselor.People who are against gays and blacks often think of themselves as good people — good Christians.. They say, they love the sinner, just hate the sin. They think they have God on THEIR side. It's very harmful, and just a shame.

      • Shin Tshung Wong

        When you say we should stand up for minorities, does that include black men like Louis Farrakhan and his crew, who are probably even more anti-homosexual than anyone on the Christian side?
        If gay people supposedly can't change their orientation, then do you deny the existence of Angelina Jolie and the wife of the current New York mayor, who both left lesbianism to be with men?

        • reader2

          Ummmm…. Of course I don't think we should stand up for all individuals who commit crimes, are hateful, or whatever. I'm talking about that minorities, such as blacks, deserve equal rights under the law — which they now have because some white people joined in with MLK to help fight for those rights.. I think that is pretty simple. /// Angelina Jolie claims bisexuality and always has. She can be with either/or. Gay people are not bisexual, and are only attracted to the same sex. I don't know the mayor of NY. You could ask her. The thing is, I don't think you listen. Look at the reputable scientific research. Even Exodus closed down and apologized, saying that sexual orientation could not be changed. Most religions now agree that it cannot be changed, but consider it a “cross to be beared.” I disagree, and religions are starting to gradually changed. Thing is, in 50 years, if you're still alive, you won't have the same opinion that you have today. I was raised in the deep South. I was in 3rd grade when they got around to enforcing segregation in north Louisiana. I believed what I was taught my my parents, school teachers, sunday school teachers, and ever other adult that I came into contact with — that segregation was wrong… That black people's ancestors were cursed by God (as they showed me in the Bible – according to THEIR interpretation) and did not have the same status as whites. We were taught to dislike MLK. We were told that he was just a troublemaker who was stirring up everything in the South, and getting blacks all riled up, and causing violence, when if he would just leave the South alone, everything was fine as it was. There were no problems at all… The gov't needed to just leave everyone alone. NOW, that seems like it's the most foolish thing in the world. I evolved. Even the people who taught me that eventually evolved SOME (not completely). Same with same sex marriage and beliefs about gays…. You should try evolving… it will happen eventually anyway, if you live long enough… Wait and see. In 15 years, you will have a little different opinion than you have now. In 50 years, you won't be able to believe you ever thought the way you're thinking now…

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            And bisexuals are scorned by the homosexuals: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/05/fashion/Tom-Daley-Bisexual-LGBT.html

            “Look at the reputable scientific research”
            Try this, homophobia is probably genetic, therefore…..
            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2292426/

            “…saying that sexual orientation could not be changed.”
            And the next frontier would be polygamy, paedophilia and beastiality, I presume?

            http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/sister-wives-family-humbled-polygamy-ruling-21504040

            http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/12/22/is_pedophilia_a_sexual_orientation.html

            http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2009-08-20/news/those-who-practice-bestiality-say-they-re-part-of-the-next-gay-rights-movement/

          • reader2

            It cannot be changed. Period. And, if you're going to take up for Phil, what do you think he would say about your name? I can only imagine. Is that really the side you want to align yourself with. If we want to know if gay people can change, the best way is to ASK them. So, please. Their brains are different. Get over it.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            “And, if you're going to take up for Phil, what do you think he would say about your name?”
            If you are so concerned about Chinese people, then let's see you do the following:
            There seem to be a lot of scorn towards the Chinese people over such a trivial issue that the Chinese eat shark-fin soup, rhinoceros horn, tiger bones etc. This is really bigotry towards the Chinese. And from what I can tell, it is the people who like to call themselves liberals, progressives and tolerant that are this most scornful towards the Chinese. So if you are so concerned, let's see you denounce those bigots and say it is nobody else's business what the Chinese like to eat.

            “Their brains are different. Get over it.”
            By your own logic, the brains of homophobes and heterosexuals must be different. Get over it.

          • reader2

            I invited you to entertain a question, and you went off on a rant that had nothing to do with what the question I asked you to ask YOURSELF.// Don't assume that I'm a liberal. I fall on the conservative side one of the main social issues, and some other policies. I believe in looking at each issue individually. I am an Independent. /// The brain comment I made is science. It's a fact, not a “rationale” or opinion. // I understand that you are not going to change your mind. But you need to understand that the country and opinion will move on with or without you. If you have very young children, or grandchildren, they will not grow up believing the way you do about same sex marriage. It won't be a big deal to them. In 25 years, there will not be a debate.

          • reader2

            Why don't you ask some GAY people if they can change their sexual orientation. Besides, who cares? As far as the polygamy thing – that court ruling was simply that they could not be prosecuted for living together. Who cares? We can live with whoever we want. And why are anti-gay people so obsessed with bestiality? Who would even THINK of that? Makes one wonder why they spend so much time talking about it… I didn't know it was all that common. LOL. My mind does not go there. But whatever.. Do you think you would be a person that Phil Robertson would like and not judge? Highly doubtful. But you want to support him? Okay then. Good luck.

          • justathought

            Shin Tshung Wong…With all do respect…Do not be deceived; Polygamy, Paedophilia and Beastatiality are all choices that I myself could do …by the way…all these hurt others and have an element of victimization. Homosexuality, on the other hand , is NOT a choice and it does not make victims. Please be of an open heart and become wiser. Many have made the same statements that you yourself have (It is no sin to be wrong) The wrong comes when one hears the truth and refuses to learn.

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            “all these hurt others…”
            So are you going to attack those Muslim and Mormon families with multiple wives?

            “Homosexuality, on the other hand , is NOT a choice and it does not make victims.”
            So the child victim of Mark Newton and Peter Truong should have just accepted his fate?

          • 20to1Devotchka

            assuming youre straight, why dont you try changing your orientation as an experiment and let us know how it goes….. sheesh…

          • Shin Tshung Wong

            You're on the side of ‘sexual experimenting’ or what?

          • Kevin

            Time to give up on the Asian ‘phobe. He ain't gonna change. As we say down here on the farm, “never get into a mud wrestling match with a pig. All that will happen is that you'll get covered with mud, and the hog will love it.” There will always be an ever-shrinking margin of intolerant individuals. All we need is a growing margin of tolerant people to turn the tide on homophobia.

          • justathought

            reader2…Once again I agree. I tried to change my sexual orientation for years (many years wasted).I prayed, tried begging, and was as religious as could be…hoping for change. To anyone reading this; You can NOT change your sexual orientation!!! I hear of young people killing themselves because they are gay (saddens me ). My family has hurt me deeply by rejecting the person I am. I have tried with tears to share my heart with my very religious mother. To this day she can not bring herself to accept that I am not going to Hell. It has caused her much pain (I know she loves me). I do not understand how people like Phil can be so “matter-of-fact ” about something he knows so little about. Christianity is a good thing, The bible says that “GOD IS LOVE”. LOVE? Maybe God's children need to be more humble in their opinions? Unless one is gay themselves, they can not fully understand what it really feels like to be assaulted by another person and told they are headed for Hell. I understand sin…I understand choice. My sexuality is NOT a choice. Is it SIN? I must bring that question to God. May He be the GOD OF LOVE the bible tells me about – for He understands all things and only He can see the suffering heart of His Gay children.

          • 20to1Devotchka

            I'm sorry for the hardships that you had to endure just for being who you are…no one deserves that kind of abuse.To be honest,I would rather go to Hell than go to a Heaven that denied anyone entrance because of their orientation…. the Christians can keep their racist bigoted Heaven where even child molesters are welcome if they seek forgiveness…and Atheists and gays are turned away even if their moral good persons. It also saddens me to think of the devastating struggle that these gay kids have had to (and will continue) to endure…. Just know that there ARE good people out their fighting for your acceptance and your rights… Someday we WILL overcome!

      • tom

        Reader 2 DONT believe everything the older people tell you read it for yourself, we are all born under the curse, but thanks be to GOD, JESUS'S Blood redeems us from all of that. God bless you

      • justathought

        reader2….Thank you for your input. You are right in every thing you said. I am a gay man and I saw what was behind Phil's words. It amazes me that so many people have not been able to see this entire controversy for what it really is. I am thankful there are people like you that are able to see the truth behind his words. He has hurt many with his words and any one that agrees with him is equally guilty of the same.

      • Peter

        Thank you. Your message was heard and received.. I couldn't have said it any better and I don't live anywhere near this guy but Good Lord – You would have to be deaf and blind not to get that everything about what he said in the GQ article was a prescription for HATE.. I really appreciate and thank YOU for you post!! God Bless You!

      • 20to1Devotchka

        Youve given me hope that the South isnt entirely full of racist bigots….it seems like an intellectual voice like yours is a few and far between occurrence in the South….

    • joyc

      I agree with Valencia. I don't think it was racist. I am Bi-racial or as the application says..”OTHER” We all have a right to what we believe. Believe me I have had both worlds, and I can tell you that I have not been welcome in both worlds and they have expressed it.. He was ask a question and answered it. That is his right. I think Phil was set up. listen we need to get the mote out of own eye and the chip off of our shoulder. We live in this world together. Thank you for our comment, Valencia. Oh by the way I am married to a white man for fifty years have 4 children in mixed marriage's with Bi-racial children. We are doing fine!

  • rozlee

    All this fuss over a bunch of yuppies dressed up as tough, bearded outdoorsmen. For crissake, has anyone seen their “before” photos? They look like Mormon preppies.

    • mbgin

      It's not what Phil said but all the nonsense the media won't let go of since then. Saying all the crazy things and won't shut up and go away.

      • getreal6364

        Lice our forefathers I'm a fiscal conservative. And like our forefathers, I believe in freedom. If you like trashing a minority, go live in the Mideast sand trap, Russia, or Africa where they love to beat on the minorities. Get real folks on what made America great.

    • Guy

      This.

  • FERRELLROOSTER

    no one cares that watches the show what Phil said or didnt say. the Ratings drop was because of other things on TV like the Gold Rush Klondike on Discovery whos Finale was Wed. Also the witch show on FX is on Wed. nights that women are watching. You can catch a rerun on Phil and company

  • Russ Clinton

    No one really cares what you think…Only God has the right to judge….Only him!!
    Phil…you are not GOD…how dare you speak for our Lord….if you did your homewok you would realize that the UNIVERSAL belief of any and every religious leader has been “treat others as you would have them treat you”….as a married man I will admit to having anal sex with my wife…however, more importantly…how does what your neighbor does in bed actually effect your life???? The sin is not in anal sex…the sin is judging othes as the Lord…when you are not!!! the lord!!

  • PastorCTL

    A&E hurt the ratings because of their knee-jerk reaction to Phil's telling the truth! Since their response to Phil, I have not watched the show since then, not boycotting DD, but boycotting A&E. If DD goes to another network, I'll return to watching it. There are many others who feel the same. Besides, I don't think the Robertson's are overly concerned about A&E. They're already multi-millionaires, with or without A&E.

  • SPL1942

    What's up with all this hate about what he said? He just saying what the Bible says! I am a none believer but I know how to read and I give credit where credit is due…. any issues with it, all you have to do is go and look it up in the real Bible (not all the fake ones that have been pupping up lately). In simple terms, God is tolerant and welcomes does who sin to his table, but if you break his laws, you simply going to hell and is not negotiable, is not about what you want, is about ether you do as he ask or you pay the consequences. When people say that Phil Robertson is a bigot, very much so, you are saying the same thing about the man up stairs……

    • Guy

      Wow. They really succeeded in brainwashing you. Sad.

      • SPL1942

        The real question is, who really is brainwash? Who gave us the Bible?

        The old testament came from the Hebrews, which half of the book has been proven as fiction (with facts and evidence) and the new testament came from many factions of what later was called the Catholic church (which are own by the illuminati, you see the all seen eye in all their churches which btw was also used by the Romans, Egypt, Assyrians and the Sumerians, more on them later). Judaism religion gave birth to Christianity and later Islam, came from the key figure or prophet Abraham who was born in Ur in Mesopotamia previously known as…….. tin tin tin tin……….. Sumer the cradle of civilization, where all this none sense of religion came from…… uhmmmmmm, I wonder what is the real truth in all these lines of brainwashing of the human race in order to slave them.
        With all that said and done, if nature or any creator wanted for two man or two woman to be together, we all would have been made with no sex orientation, one sex, that's it……….this is not about discrimination, is about common sense, gay or been straight is about a choice a persons makes.

  • NWseawa63

    The show isn't a controversy – the overreaction to what Phil said on another show is the controversy.

  • mondoalfemminile

    You think? ahahahah

  • Roy 1945

    I can understand the drop in ratings and I don't think it is because of Phil's remarks. As an avid viewer of the show I have been totally disappointed in the first two shows of the new season. In this week's show Si was wearing a helmet that had a mounted camera and he stated that it was like the helmets that were used in Viet Nam. Unless he is now senile he would know that it was a new style helmet and did not come into use until recently. Bad writing and attention to detail is hurting the show.

  • Renee Davison

    I would say now that it started and people can watch it on their computers on a&e many may not stay up so late to watch it that have to get up early to work so ratings may have dropped some for that reason. True I believe a majority of backlash is coming from those that don't watch show. I also feel one should not judge a person until they truly get to know that person, have spent time with that person, talked with them, etc.

  • Roy 1945

    Another problem with ratings figures is that they don't reflect the number of people that record the show and then view it later. I record most of my favorite shows and then watch then later that same evening so that I can fast forward through the commercials.

  • Jedi7503

    Are you kidding me?? Oh boy, spin city is hopping tonight. Alrighty there “chicken wrap” 8.5 million viewers is a show sliding…. Wow the bats are busy in there tonight!

  • metazip

    I refuse to watch the show until the bigot president Nancy Dubuc, who fired Phil, resigns or gets fired along with her boss Abbe Raven the CEO.

  • Jedi7503

    If you look at the chart there are MONTHS that aren't accounted for.. Perhaps that's when DD had more than the 15 million during the months of OCT and NOV?

  • admrilbubba

    Why is when some speaks up as to what they believe, and if it doesn't flow with the ‘normal’ thinking of the day he is declared a lunatic, uncouth idiot and in this situation Homophobic! Isn't Phil entitled to his opinion just as those who oppose his view have a right to theirs! As a minister (ordained Baptist retired) one of the doctrines taught is Individual Soul Liberty or everyone has the right to their own opinion-right or wrong. The teaching comes from God through Jesus the Christ and Apostle Paul. It is a simply concept, one our country was founded on, but a concept too few people want to give way too, this is a sad state ! I don't agree with all of Duck Dynasty but then I have chosen not to watch the program because another program I want to watch is on at the same time, my choice! Phil's belief may be based on the reality of Sodom and Gomorra, and then again in the New Testament( I Corinthians 6:9-11) where God through Jesus the Christ, Paul and Pastor Tim all condemn homosexual behavior, and other ‘sin’ behavior, but also offers resolution for that chosen life style. I realize without any questions of my own personal belief many will tag me as they have tagged Phil. However, the only thing I've done is reveled what the Bible says after careful exegetical interrogation of the text. This doesn't tell you what I believe, it tells you what I have been taught! If you carefully read Paul's writings you will also learn it doesn't matter if you gather for fellowship, teaching prayer and worship on Sunday, Monday, or Friday. Just pick a day and give it to God! Paul chose Sunday.Our world is in a sad state when an individual expresses opinion, if it goes against the ‘norm’ the individual is condemned and sanctioned, what is next, the dunk seat to prove heretic or witch? Come on let a man think for self as he feel he is guided by God, and let it be, there is room for it!

    • Person

      “that chosen life style”
      Wrong.
      And it isn't about “the norm,” it's about simply NOT comparing gay people and “their lifestyle” to terrorists like a damn fool. Phil isn't that innocent.

      • Nickrhayter

        Phil didn't compare gay people to anything and there was nothing about terrorists in the interview!! So get your facts straight before you spew your hate!!

    • Kevin

      As I have commented previously, no one has attempted to deny Phil Robertson his rights to “freedom of speech, self-expression, and his so-called religious beliefs.” While it is true that (a) I've never watched the show, (b) still don't, and (c) vehemently disagree with his opinions about gays and his 1960's era observations about African Americans/Black Americans toiling in the fields during the Jim Crow era, no one is trying to “force” him, or use the “government” to silence him. To the delight of the GOP and Republicans everywhere, we live in a society of capitalism. The sancity of the Law of Supply and Demand will outstrip the Sanctity of Marriage for Real Republicans, and when there is no more money to be made from DD, the show will get cancelled. In other words, Phil can say whatever he wants, on or off the record, but if the program loses too many viewers, it will get cancelled. For me, that can't happen soon enough.

  • Jk

    I love the Duck Dynasty all their family they are good for the show keep them on!!!
    Glad they are back when you have the Obama not likeing our nation he stir trouble with the all people. Its fresh of breath air to watch them ( Duck Dynasty ) good medince for us.
    A+ for them

    • Steph

      OMG! You're post is hysterical. You can't even write a correct sentence and “Fresh of breath air?” HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • texasbluedarter

    Do you think they really care? A&E has already made them millionaires. They have their fan base still intact so the “slide” is temporary.

  • Wah Wah Wah!

    Couldn't happen to a nicer group of people!

  • boisei

    Hey maybe the show just sucks, and it's heading toward destruction. Shows peak and than after awhile it gets old, it happens all the time. And maybe it's DD's time is to turn off the lights the parties over. I don't think it's anything to do with bigot boy coming back though, because even if he didn't say those things, the show was heading out. It had it's time.

  • tom

    the wrap reporters need to tape up their mouths and quit reporting false information about Phil by taking his words and totally misconstruing them, and making such ridiculous statements ,,how ignorant do they think people are I dont know how some of these people ever got a job as journalist or writers or whatever they;re supposed to be. It;s good to see someone stand up for Jesus, and this country

    • Steph

      Too bod you can't stand up for the fact that you have no idea how to punctuation. Were you homeschooled or just ignorant?

  • tom

    take into account also that there has been thousands if not millions without electricity with all the winter storms

  • slim shady

    Is it a surprise the novelty of a pointless, going nowhere hillbilly romp has finally made the previous viewers say NO MORE?????

  • GeorgiaWallace

    I actually was a fan of the show – because people are people to me.. I found the family to be wholesome and funny but after all the comments about gays and particularly the whole idea “blacks where happy with Jim Crow “Nobody singing the blues” Nonsense.. It offended me personally as black woman because my family has suffered. Naturally, I was so turned off by the comments in general – I decided NOT to tune in to the show anymore. Furthermore, it was obvious that Phil was not only ignorant to the suffering of African Americans in America at a time when race relations were at it's absolute worst, but he is not a tolerable man and uses Jesus to justify the qualities he hates in others. He flat out used the success of the show and moreover the GQ interview to preach “his” doctrinal message ‘”Not the Gospel of Jesus Christ” to us on “God's green earth.” Minus of course all the nonwhite gays. I couldn't help but notice that he had NO criticism for those who enslaved or oppressed…Wouldn't we all love to hear his thoughts on all those people he didn't have time to talk about.. I mean it seems the ones at the top of his list were or those he hates the most – terrorists, gays and blacks… A&E should have put him off the air and it should have been a consequence for his said behavior and just maybe it would have at least seemed contrite.. and perhaps 8 or 11 million people would still be watching.. oh, but that's the nature of Beast who has faces. #Speaktruthtopower

  • jetmech7

    People in this country have such a low attention span. its just normal.

  • ncjettech

    While my opinion is not supported with any data, I'm thinking maybe the over saturation of the Duck Dynasty brand has made people tune it out. Seriously, I can't even walk into a gas station to pay for my fuel without seeing at least 10 things covered in Duck Dynasty branding…

  • Pauline

    I like the show, but this year the three episodes I watched have not been as good as the previous episodes. It seems like they are reaching for viewers and relying too much on Uncle Si……..

  • Flovers

    The show is just full of scumbags who are trying to get into fame. It's time for A&E to get rid of these hypocrites!

  • crystal8521

    I think the ratings didn't drop from “its getting boring, over scripted, it played itself out, I cant afford cable any more, the producers didn't market it right, they brought in to many cast members, because it's on to late or to early or this or that”

    The reason why the ratings dropped and the show will come to a screeching end is because they used hate and prejudices to gain ratings. I know and so does any intelligent person that these DD fans are in denial. For them to admit the truth would mean they would have to admit that just maybe their thinking is a skewed. Just maybe a majority of Americans will not tolerate such ignorance. If that's the case the DD fan must come to terms with their own issues. I would imagine also learning last week that these guys were never really hillbillies, but college grads with degrees and spent their time clean shaven, manicured and out golfing and living the good high society life would be a real kick in the butt.

    Once the DD fans saw that they were now double burned to learn they fell for these rich guys playing them like fiddles for money and ratings and they were dumb enough to fall for it. They knew they couldn't admit they were idiots. So play the denial game to themselves and the world. The DD fans should just stop making bigger douche nozzles out of themselves.

    Guess what guys? RACISM, HATE, PREJUDICES, AND BIGTORY IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MORALLY WRONG! America has spoke, get your acts together

    • Tyrone

      “Guess what guys? RACISM, HATE, PREJUDICES, AND BIGTORY IS UNACCEPTABLE AND MORALLY WRONG! America has spoke, get your acts together”

      You say this at the end of a racist, prejudice, hate speech how pathetic are you!! You talk all this sh*t because in your peanut brain you think your intelligent. I bet your a lazy P.O.S. on welfare that sits on the computer all day and spread your liberal hate!!

  • Mary Davis

    Enjoyed all the comments–interesting. I found the premiere show very boring.

  • caldwrn@yahoo.com

    I would like to ask the the persons that keep these records one question? Are you truly open minded and the recording equipment does not consider REpulican or Democratic? This would be a very easy way to hurt the show with not reporting correctly/ We watch ever show and support Phil all the way.
    God Bless Duck Dynasty for opening the countrys eyes.

  • GT

    This story and most on here don't really mean anything. There was no doubt going to be special interest media whores who were going to spread their lies and half truths no matter how many people watched this show.I myself was going to watch but the little woman decided to try on some lingerie.Turned that TV off real quick!!! Now that's reality!!!!

  • ralph

    maybe the drop in viewers where the gays that's a good thing that gay are not watching

  • Ryan

    Even if it does loose viewers it won't matter cause Phil's comments are true gays take everything out of proportion and take it to the extreme

  • jack

    Could it be that the supporters of Phil didn't watch to hurt A&E and not Phil. When did saying the truth the wrong thing to say. Being gay is a sin problem and that's a fact jack.

  • steves

    lots of people were having weather related problems so i have a valid reason for me and my family not watching it. i will always support a fellow christian. even when he speaks out and others twist Gods word to say it wronged them. id rather watch a few bearded guys having some good ole southern boy fun, then someone being shot or robbed or mutilated or heartbroken. shame on anyone that will not allow a man to have an opinion and speak it, the few that piped up sure voiced thier opinions. And now we have otherers saying we should kill people, what kind of sick people are you

  • Bubba

    Where did marriage begin? Who described how it would be? How did the state become involved? Who was Henry V111? What did he do to marriage and religion? Why doesn't the Church of today tell the State to butt out of marriage? The State can have all the legal combinations it wants. Separate Church and State. Give marriage back to the Church! Let the un-Churched have any legal union they want with whom or whatever they wish.

  • Kevin

    Personally, his comments aren't why I quit watching A and E. I strongly disagreed with the way they handled the whole situation. My TV will never stop on A and E again.

  • meinjesus

    The re-runs are killing it.

  • http://www.voicesofflint.com/ Voices Of Flint

    If you depend on everyone to watch your show, not just Fox News PPL. Shut the Hell up …..

  • Donnie Baker

    Let's all just get one thing straight. Being Gay does not make you a member of a different race. When we understand this we can accept that someone who doesn't accept Gay rights is not considered a racist.

  • imnsho

    I didn't tune in, but it's because I couldn't give a flip about Rebecca or them trying to grab attention for someone who isn't really part of the core family. I saw the episode with her and wasn't impressed. Stick to their tried and true format.

  • carnack

    Decline in viewers had nothing to do with his views it is a protest against A&E. I don't even by duck dynasty items sinc most them money goes to the network. I buy duck commander that goes to the Robertsons. If gays don't like his views then get the heck over it and tolerate others opinions.