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"Duck Dynasty" Christmas special sets record with 6.5 million viewers

by Brandy McDonnell Published: December 7, 2012

Christmas came early this year for fans of A&E’s hit series “Duck Dynasty.” Wednesday night’s one-hour season finale at 9 p.m. became the network’s most-watched telecast of all time among all key demos, including total viewers, adults 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54.

An astounding 6.5 million viewers tuned in to the final premiere episode of 2012. The episode was also watched by an A&E record 3.9 million adults 18-49, 3.8 million adults 25-54 and 2.0 million adults 18-34, becoming the most-watched series telecast in network history among all key demos.

“‘Duck Dynasty’ represents the best of A&E’s unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters,” said Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel, in a news release. “It’s extremely gratifying to see more and more viewers flocking to the series week after week.”

Season 2 of “Duck Dynasty” has grown by 139 percent in total viewers, 141 percent in adults 18-34, 136 percent in adults 25-54 and 127 percent in adults 18-49 versus the Season 1 average.

A&E was Wednesday night’s top cable network among total viewers and 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. “Duck Dynasty” was also television’s top show on Wednesday night (cable and broadcast) in prime among adults 18-34 and 18-49.

“Duck Dynasty” was also the most social show on cable Wednesday night. According to Trendrr.TV, Blufin Labs and Social Guide, the series had more total activity across all major social media platforms than any other telecast on cable for the night. also witnessed the best day ever for pageviews and video views the day after the episode aired, as fans flocked to check out additional “Duck Dynasty” content (

An encore of the “Duck Dynasty” one-hour holiday episode will air at 8 p.m. Saturday. New episodes of “Duck Dynasty” will return in early 2013.


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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