“Duck Dynasty” records have been made this week, and the hit TV show has shattered cable non-fiction history with its nearly 12M viewers who watched the premiere, UPI reported this Saturday, Aug. 17. The popular A&E record-breaker set its second major record this Wednesday night for its fourth season.
The “Duck Dynasty” records were shattered — not to mention on just the A&E network, but among all cable TV viewership — when almost 12M viewers (over 11.8 million, say estimates) turned on their televisions to watch the premiere of “Duck Dynasty.” These incredibly high numbers have now made the sleeper hit a number one star in TV history, making these bearded wild guys the star cast of the most-watched non-fiction series that has ever been telecast on cable.
The first “Duck Dynasty” record that was made came back in April 2013, when the third season finale made 9.6M viewers, but even that can’t compare to the fourth season’s premiere rates. The bearded Robertson’s return to the small screen was highly anticipated, especially after it was reported in July that the show’s cast stars had completed a new contract with A&E for another season, making a major pay bump this time around.
The non-fiction cable TV stars now make over $200,000 each and every episode, which is split among the 20 cast members (Nine adults and 11 kids). That “pay bump” is four times what the “Duck Dynasty” stars were making before.
“Duck Dynasty” records aside, the popular show follows the hilarious life of a unique but close-knit family that opened up a duck call fabrication business. Tune in on Wednesdays to check out the Robertson’s for yourself this Season Four.
Did you catch the premiere? How did you like it?