Why end something that’s going so well?
— Duck Dynasty (@DuckDynastyAE) November 17, 2016
After 11 wonderful seasons over five years, the A&E show that made the Robertson family famous is going off the air. Here are the reasons why…
It’s all about numbers
The show’s season four premiere attracted 23.6 million eyes (11.8 million viewers, assuming all of those people had two working eyes). That was a record-breaking season premiere. That was great, especially because season three’s finale had 9.6 million viewers, which did better than the American Idol finale.
But then the ratings started to fluster.
Part of that was due to Phil Robertson getting flack for expressing his opinions on homosexuality and saying some possibly misrepresented comments on pre-Civil Rights black people. Although after clarifying his statements, he was reinstated to the show.
Then came season six of Duck Dynasty — only 4.6 million viewers tuned in for the premiere. One of the episodes featured a wedding, which helped the show’s ratings, but the viewership continued to decrease in size. Season 10 premiered with just 1.3 million viewers.
Busy, busy, busy
Equally responsible for the end of Duck Dynasty is the busyness of the Robertsons.
Duck Commander and Buck Commander business opportunities. Uncle Si landing his show, Going Si-ral. Sadie Robertson competing on Dancing With The Stars, as well as touring around the country. Willie Robertson’s increasing presence in politics. Willie, Uncle Si, Miss Kay, John Luke, and Alan Robertson all released their own books.
It’s totally understandable that this was all just too much to handle.
So on April 12, we say goodbye to the TV versions of the Duck Dynasty cast and hello to whatever they’re going to do next.