Posted: 4:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2014
Did the whole Phil Robertson homophobic remarks controversy hurt Duck Dynasty‘s ratings?
The audience for the popular A&E show’s season five debut was off a dramatic 28 percent from it’s season four debut.
Their January 15 kickoff attracted 8.5 million viewers. A respectable number but far off their record breaking fourth season premiere’s ratings of 11.8 million viewers.
And to make matters worse, the coveted 18-49 demographic was off by a third, attracting just over four million fans.
It’s unclear if the controversy surrounding family patriarch Phil comparing being gay to bestiality last month is to blame for the huge drop in ratings, but whatever the reason it has to be troubling news for the network’s execs.