The Season 5 finale of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” quacked a little more quietly than last season’s capper.
Wednesday night’s “Duck Dynasty” season finale drew 6 million total viewers — which put it up 28 percent against last week’s episode, but down considerably from the 8.4 million total viewers that the Season 4 finale drew last year.
Wednesday’s season capper marks a trend in declines for the series, which follows the shenanigans of the Louisiana-based Robertson family, who made a fortune manufacturing duck calls. The Season 4 finale was itself down from the Season 3 finale, which had 9.6 million total viewers.
The good news for the series? The finale was the No. 1 show on cable for the night across all key demos, and was second in all of television in the 18-49 demographic most sought by advertisers, with only ABC’s “Modern Family” topping it.
In the 18-49 demo, the “Duck Dynasty” finale drew 3.2 million total viewers, a 33 percent increase over last week. Among the 25-54 demo, the finale also drew 3.2 million total viewers, which was a 19 percent improvement over the previous week.
The fifth season of “Duck Dynasty” was the first full season since family patriarch Phil Robertson made anti-gay comments in an interview with “GQ.” The elder Robertson was briefly suspended from the series, but was quickly reinstated following public protest.