All dynasties inevitably end up falling.
The Ming Dynasty of China…
The San Francisco 49ers dynasty of the 1980s…
And now it appears that Duck Dynasty is in the early stages of crumbling!
The A&E reality series scored their lowest ratings for a premiere episode in three seasons! Duck Dynasty brought in only 8.5 million viewers, down from nearly 12 million for their Season 4 debut!
So why weren’t as many of their fervent fans there to tune in last night?
Could it be that homophobia, bigotry, and racism don’t sell so well with TV audiences?!
The show’s star, Phil Robertson, famously made comments last month about gays and African-Americans that offended many. The series' network at first suspended him but then did a complete 180, bringing him back on the show without penalty.
Many saw the move as A&E caving under pressure from those who rallied around Phil and scorned the network for taking away his free speech.
But even with Phil back on the air, it seems like his hateful remarks may be to blame for shooting down his show’s ratings!
We expect he and his family will stick to their guns though and continue to believe that being gay is wrong and unnatural. If that’s the legacy that this dynasty wants to leave behind, then so be it!
[Image via A&E.]
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