Duck Dynasty Season Four Premiere Breaks Records. A&E‘s season premiere for season 4 Duck Dynasty was larger than anyone could have possibly projected. Duck Dynasty‘s season 4 premiere drew 11.8 million viewers. “The episode also set a cable record for a reality series telecast among adults 25-54 with 6.3 million viewers in the demo and became the No.1 series telecast in A&E history among adults 18-49 and 18-34 with 6.3 million and 3.0 million viewers, respectively…Duck Dynasty also is poised to be the No.1 show on all of television, broadcast or cable, last night.”
On Duck Dynasty:
Duck Dynasty is a reality television series on A&E. It shows the lives of the Robertson family, who became wealthy from their family-operated business, Duck Commander, operated in West Monroe, Louisiana, which makes products for duck hunters, primarily the duck call named Duck Commander. The Robertson men, brothers Phil and Si, and Phil’s sons Jase, Willie, and Jep, are known for their long beards. The business began in a family shed, where Phil Robertson spent 25 years making duck calls from Louisiana cedar trees. His son Willie is now the CEO of the company. The family was previously featured on the series Benelli Presents Duck Commander and its spin-off Buck Commander, which still airs on the Outdoor Channel.
On how the previous Duck Dynasty fared:
An hour long Christmas special premiered on December 5, 2012 as the season 2 finale, and became (at the time) the most-watched A&E episode in the network’s history.
The February 27, 2013 third season premiere tallied 8.6 million viewers, including five million in the adults 25–54 demographic and five million in adults 18–49 demographic, making the premiere (at the time) the most watched telecast in network history, beating the Season 2 finale.
The one-hour, third season finale (shown on April 24, 2013) tallied 9.6 million viewers, with 5.6 million in the Adults 25–54 demographic and 5.5 million in the Adults 18–49 demographic, making it the highest rated telecast in A&E history.
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