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'Duck Dynasty' season 5 premiere draws smaller audience

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Duck Dynasty” made its return to television on Wednesday for the first time since patriarch Phil Robertson drew some unwelcome attention to the show and the family by making some rather controversial comments about gays in December. While controversy has been known to boost ratings for some shows, it didn't have the same effect for the Duck Commanders. According to an article published by NBC News on Jan. 16, the season 5 premiere ratings for “Duck Dynasty” were down significantly from season 4.

NBC News reports that the season 5 premiere of “Duck Dynasty” was watched by 8.5 million viewers, which would be great for any other show, but is much lower than the season 4 premiere of “Duck Dynasty.” Season 4 of “Duck Dynasty” premiered to a record-setting 12 million viewers, which is 3.5 million viewers higher than last night's episode.

That said, it's important to note that the season 4 finale of “Duck Dynasty” had very similar numbers to the season 5 premiere with 8.4 million viewers.

Many viewers describe “Duck Dynasty” as a wholesome family show. The show, which first aired in March 2012 follows the Robertson family in their quest to remain grounded as they live their true rags to riches story as the owners of the multi-million dollar company, “Duck Commander.”

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