The Power of Ignorance: Duck Dynasty Ratings Plummet After Phil Robertson Comments

duck-dynasty-ratingsUnless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure most of you heard about the “scandal” last month involving Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and his controversial comments about African-Americans and homosexuals.

And as many of you already know, A&E promptly “suspended” Phil Robertson (I think it lasted about a week) for his comments.

This, of course, sparked a massive “freedom of speech” debate where tens of millions of Americans proved that they didn’t understand our First Amendment or what protections it gives us.

In fact, a recent poll showed that nearly half of all Americans don’t understand our First Amendment rights.

The general consensus following Phil Robertson’s “suspension” was that conservatives would flock to the A&E network once the show resumed to show their unified support of Phil Robertson’s right to “freedom of speech” (even though this situation has nothing to do with our First Amendment rights).

Except that doesn’t appear to be what happened.  In fact, that’s not what happened at all.

The new season of Duck Dynasty debuted on January 15 and had a respectable 8.5 million viewers.  Which isn’t bad — except last season’s debut saw nearly 12 million viewers tune in.  That’s about a 28 percent drop from last year.

In fact, their Christmas special brought in about 9 million viewers.

Just for a quick history of the show, two years ago their season debut attracted 8.4 million viewers.  So after a sharp rise and great ratings on the debut episode last year, they saw a massive drop off this year.

Yes their viewership totals are still respectable, but a 28% drop off between last season and this season’s debuts when their “brand” was seemingly on the rise is a fairly big deal.

Especially when most people felt their ratings would have seen a huge uptick in response to the outrage many Americans who don’t understand what our First Amendment protects displayed following the announcement of Robertson’s suspension.

We have to remember that advertisers had already hinted at possibly dumping their support for the show, but had seemingly hesitated due to its growing popularly.  Which was bolstered by the general feeling that the show would see a ratings boost — not decline — following the whole controversy.

This may cause several advertisers to reconsider their support for the show considering there was obviously a massive exodus of support following Robertson’s extremely ignorant comments.  Where before they thought the risk of supporting the show might be worth it in anticipation of higher ratings for Duck Dynasty, now that risk might not seem worth it.

And as most of us know, if advertisers start pulling out, that’s a bad sign for the future of the show in general.

Maybe it was just a coincidence, who knows.  I really don’t think that it is.  By all accounts Duck Dynasty’s popularity was soaring, not declining.  So what these ratings numbers tell me is that ignorance does have a price — and in this case, that price is just over 3 million viewers.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    If the numbers are correct, it validates what I’ve always suspected – that Duck Dynasty is a show created by liberals for liberals who find great perverse entertainment value in a show that provides them the opportunity to ‘look down’ on folks that they regard as inferior to themselves. Honey Boo Boo, the Amish shows, Swamp people. They are all shameless, exploitive, attempts to distinguish Liberals superiority to those outside the metropolis.

    • K Gi

      Oh yes…. totally. Get your head out of your ass and get back to reality.

    • Ann

      Right, that’s exactly the sort of people buying duck dynasty merchandise as such liberal enclaves as walmart.

      • Jim Bean

        The article is about viewership of the show dropping off after the flap. You’re going to tell me its because conservatives stopped watching?

      • Jen Langfeld

        perhaps the people who were either “on the fence” or watching for entertainment value found out what a racist, sexist, phony bunch of asshats the family members are and tuned in elsewhere.

      • Jim Bean

        Nope. Who boycotted Chick Fil A? Who wrote letters to Limbaugh sponsors about his Fluke comment? Who cheered in the bleachers when A&E pulled Phil? Liberals. They’re the only ones who ‘act out’ irrationally when something offends their selectively delicate sensibilities. It was liberals who tuned out the Ducks. (But you can be sure they’ll be back. They just can’t resist that sort of stuff.

    • Gary Menten

      You live in a fact-free universe. Does it ever get lonely there?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        not with skankbags such as meygn Kelly and greta working (??) in tandem with such reputable ”journalists” as Hannity and huck(ster) abee

    • Pipercat

      Yes, A&E are owned by those paragons of liberal thinking, Disney and Hearst. No one could ever accuse Disney of exploitation, that would be unconscionable!

    • Keith

      Jim, Jim, Jim, what are we going to do with you? You must love to “feel the hate”, as you continue to spew off your bullshit everyday on here. Get a life, man. No one should have to feel what you must put yourself through everyday. Oh well, at least you’re providing some good laughs for me!

    • Jim you obviously have the terms liberal and conservative mixed up. Phil,…and his legions of followers are RED STATE conservatives…its all based on the GOP way of thinking. Liberals would never act like, speak like or think like Phil Robertson. We have an education and morals.

      • erik

        Typical liberal, too stupid to undestand what Jim is saying. Liberals exploiting conservatives because they have family values and just want this country to be the best like it used to be when people cared. When we didn’t just hand over billions of dollars to citizens because its easier to feed off the gov’t than suck it up and get a job paying less than you want. Liberals wanting gov’t to control everything they do. Welcome to the new normal thank you liberals for handing over your rights and freedoms. This country will never be the same. By the way I do not agree with Phil about gays or black people, I have never watched this show nor will I. But there was a time this country was great. How about working together to get it back again.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and that was when? when white trash “CHRISTIAN” scumbags kept non whites ( and women and gays) under wraps??

      • Gerryf

        And don’t forget the times when colored were all happy and stuff singing in the fields….phil sad them were great times

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        great times for white trash ” elitists” who had control of all NON whites and women and gays—————- the times; they R a changin’………………….. and Im enjoying watching the white trash regressives crying at all turns,,,,and I am WHITE

      • Jim Bean

        Most people in Ghana currently live on less than two dollars per day. So while the alive-today descendants of slaves in this country can rightfully point the finger of shame at whites over slavery, they are remiss and disingenuous if they don’t also express their gratitude for how widely better of they are, personally, as the final result of it. (Perspective is the enemy of the Left, don’t you agree?)

      • Ralf T. Dog

        Perhaps they live on so little due to long term exploitation by the British Empire?

      • Jim Bean

        Perhaps. But Ghana has one of the highest GDP’s per capita in Africa. Someone else is exploiting them now.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        wow– so lets send ur small dicked ass back in time/ make U of African lineage and see if U like being a slave– y’know: being raped/burned/fed crappy/ forced labor,,,,, ( OH! some got freed and educated)
        hey scumbag– take your above writing to an NAACP meeting and see how U do

      • Jim Bean

        What?

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        youre an idiot to make ANY statement attempting to DOWNPLAY what happened to any / all slaves ,,,,,,,,,,,,, focusing upon Americas slavery should easily show that THEY GOT SCREWED!!!
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,, but white trash don’t want to see— “hey; its in the past”

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        As facts are the enemy of the right…..

      • Gary Menten

        It takes a special brand of “crazy” to take the greatest stain on American history–slavery– and say that in the end, it worked out for the best for the descendents of slaves and they should be thankful for it, or the hundred plus years of discrimination and discriminatory laws that followed it’s termination in 1866. Further, since the aim of slavery was nothing like benevolence and since any “benefits” derived from from living in America had to be fought over tooth and nail for over a century, there is nothing to be thankful for. If 18th and 19th Century Americans had wanted to help Africans live better lives by coming to America, they could simply opened their doors to African immigration without the the chains.

      • Jim Bean

        I didn’t say ‘they should be thankful for slavery.” That’s a shameless perversion of what I said that you invented in an irrational attempt to refute the obvious. (There is an epidemic of this maladaptive behavior in the Liberal community, btw. {Maladaptive behavior is a type of behavior that is often used to reduce one’s anxiety, but the result is dysfunctional and non-productive. For example, avoiding situations because you have unrealistic fears may initially reduce your anxiety, but it is non-productive in alleviating the actual problem in the long term. Maladaptivity is frequently used as an indicator of abnormality or mental dysfunction since its assessment is relatively free from subjectivity.} ) Furthermore, there were no immigration laws back then to stop them from voluntarily coming – if they could afford the fare – which none of them could. Slavery was bad. The descendants of slaves were benefited by it. Ironic? Yes. An obstacle to opportunistic attempts to profit from it today? Yes. But too heavily factual for you to spin in anyone’s mind except, perhaps, your own. PS – the greatest stain on American history is what we did to the Native Indians. But that doesn’t get you where you want to go, now does it?

      • white trash religious teaparty

        that also was delightfully “CHRISTIAN” as well………………………

      • Jim Bean

        The mighty Tegu, I presume?

      • Ironman

        Typical tolerant proggie.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        tolerant of those who have merit. RELIGIOUS trash ( see; superstition) have no value except to the brilliant ones who capitalize financially upon those herded lemmings.
        progress over regression any day

      • Ironman

        Hi there proggie troll! So I see you have the same opinion of people with religious beliefs as Hitler had of Jews. So how many religious folks do you want marched on to trains and then burned in ovens? Nazi’s were socialists just like you proggie. Killing innocent people is just progress, right proggie?

      • white trash religious teaparty

        hey micropenile cretin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, did I say that?
        shouldn’t U be sucking the penis of glenn beck or huck*(STER) abee?
        I don’t want them dead,,,,,I want them out of government
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and I want U to keep crying

      • Ironman

        Oh little proggie troll. Micropenile? References to homosexual acts? Are you projecting on others your short comings? Are you repressing your urges?? Progressives are natural killers of other humans. School shooters, political assassins and terrorist bombers almost always come from your side. Gabby Giffords was shot by a liberal. Chris Dorner was a liberal. Adam Lanza was a Democrat. Columbine, the Sikh Temple, the Amish school, JFK, MLK and RFK. All were communist/socialist/progressive/anarchist/Democrats. So it’s not much of a stretch to believe it won’t be to long before you act out on your hatred.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        bottom line– religion is the worst hoax ever: crybabies such as U prove it. homosexual? heres a photo of my gal…. jerk ur dick 2 her: 5’6 130 DD natural breast,,,,, American indian/ French lineage
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, u were saying??

      • Ironman

        Who’s crying? I’m just pointing out the truth. Did you google a pic proggie? I would bet you’re the bottom in any relationship. Does your “girlfriend” do you with a strap-on? Does “she”make you call her daddy? Yeah, I bet your a pillow biter.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        awww,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, U are transposing your fantasies!!!
        nope– Im a man- totally: and all the woman I blow my load in are naturally LARGE breasted. we MEN get chics built as that: crybabies such as U get ( if ever) micromastial chix at some lame O church
        NOTE: here is another photo of her– enjoy

      • Ironman

        Transposing? Are you trying to use psychology terms proggie? Damn, you’re a lot more stupid than you look. I stand corrected. Hey!! Is that an Adam’s Apple I see? You should be sure you’re not googling pictures of transvestites. I think you should set your browser filter to be a little more selective. Either that or delete your cache of gay and tranny porn before choosing a pic. Bye bye proggie. You’re attempt to prove you’re a real man just proves how much of a failure you are at it.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        u say she is a transvestite?
        ,,,,,,sounds like you have agreat grip upon recognizing what a woman looks like– and DOESNT look like– ala the crybaby GIAN (teenyman) KEYS!!!
        here is yet another of the MAN im with now–
        jerk your smallish weenie to this————unless THIS is a “mans” chest!!

      • Ironman

        Damn you’re boring proggie. Your spelling is deplorable and your sentence structure is less than satisfactory. Go away and play with your “girlfriends” testicles and stroke her(his) penis and show her(him) what a man you really are. Maybe you can impress her(him). Because you sure don’t impress me. Want to google some pics of a Ferrari you own or the $85 million mansion you own? It’s about as believable. Don’t worry, as soon as your testicles drop and you start growing hair on your face. You’ll grow out of your juvenile phase of “mine’s bigger”.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        taken at the LA Fitness we frequent: please note Im in excellent shape at 6’2 211 ….>>>> 13 % JUST CHECKED body fat. <<<<< Must suck being you
        ====================================

      • Ironman

        Googling pics again proggie? If that is you (which I doubt). What are you trying to prove? That you don’t spend your off hours on your knees at a men’s bath house? Or spend your time having your tonsils swabbed at the local truck stop glory hole? What’s funny though proggie, if that is you. You look only slightly less stupid than you sound.

      • Jim Bean

        Thanks, Eric.

      • 2Smart2bGOP

        Yes, how ABOUT working together? Your very first sentence makes your next five sentences a lie. Hard to work in good faith with liars. Which is the bulk of the conservative party. Typical conservative, too stupid to understand that he contradicts himself in less than a dozen sentences.

    • Wes Falls

      Well, Liberals are just superior people. When rock-brained Conservatives try to rip on us, we laugh at them for their stupidity. Blame God (who doesn’t exist) for giving me a 153 IQ. Praise Science.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        hey!! mines 151————- im maaaad at UUUUUU!!

        ( but completely agree–) and lets all praise JEEEESUS as we tithe at those white trash tax free houses of VOODOO and superstition ( see: churches)
        I love the atrophying of the regressive rightwing

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      james has been drinking yet again,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
      he will now claim “suspicion” in the church as they are backed by liberals for the same “jim bean” rationale

    • Billy Bien

      Its spelt “Libruls”. Whut, u stoopid or sumpin?

    • michelle

      actually all of liberal friends agree that shows like those are retarded, and therefore choose to watch something else…

      • michelle

        *my liberal friends, sorry.

    • musp3ll

      If that were the case, viewership would have dropped by way more than 28%. the other 72% obviously don’t care enough to stop watching. Here’s a thought, maybe not everything comes down to liberal vs conservative. Maybe, just maybe, the show was created by someone who wanted to make money, and currently reality shows about idiots and/or rednecks seem to be very profitable.Interesting how you can look at something like that show and state that since it’s a bunch of dumb bullshit it was obviously created by and for liberals while simultaneous talking about how this other group you are blaming gets a perverse pleasure out of looking down on others. Maybe you should stop staring down your own nose for a while.

  • MD

    Actually these type of shows are created for today’s 20 somethings. They like to watch shows that make them feel better about themselves because they feel that they have a miserable life due to coming into adulthood during the recession. These 20 somethings are liberal and conservative-that really doesn’t have anything to do with it. It has to do with the overall uneasiness of this generation.

    • Mark Bender

      Where did you get these Demos? During the alleged crisis DD merchandise sold out at all major retailers… Millions and Millions of $$$$. The families other business which was already a multi-million dollar business before the show is way up in sales. Rumor has it they are going to eclipse the master snake oil man (Al Gore) who pocketed 500 million dollars in Big Oil money selling his media company in late 2012 (just before the new “fair” tax rates kicked started the economy) I have a new found respect for that man. He creates a company out of thin air to help rip big oil and less than 10 years sells it to big oil 1/2 a billion cash. Al Jazeera Network which is owned by a Big oil baron/sheik. Al Gore = Genius.

      • Gerryf

        Yes, a lot of their “merchandise” did sell this past Christmas….I bought two items myself…as under $20 “white elephant” joke gifts.

    • Wes Jett

      This show is not geared toward people my age. It’s marketed to 35-55 year olds who identify with the main characters and think they are just like them. People my age don’t even WATCH television anymore.

  • boots

    I believe everyone has a right to his/her opinion BUT those in the public eye should not be so willing to blast out a tirade that shows more ignorance than belief. I believe the show will slowly die off as other insane, stupid ‘reality’ ( really??) shows appear. I am amazed at some that are so profanity laced that all you hear is bleep-bleep-bleep…but then maybe that is a good thing.

    • Mark Bender

      The shows producers added that in for no reason.. the family does not curse. They have asked the network to stop the practice.

      • Jessica Shafer

        He wasn’t referring to DD, but to most “reality” shows

  • angel2close

    Much as I can’t stand the show, the ratings dropped because the American Idol is starting it’s new season in the same time slot. I am sure the so called reality (pre-scripted) show of Duck Dynasty isn’t going away any time soon. When will Television start airing some decent shows. I have my own reality to live in I don’t really care to watch others conjure up some unreal story plot.

  • Andréa H Yarbrough

    He also said at a public appearance that all girls should be married by the age of 15 and 16 because by the time they are twenty they will just want you for your money. He is advocating the marriage of young teenage girls to grown men. Not teenage boys marrying teenage girls which at least be less stachatory. He is saying grown men be should marrying young teenage girls. Even worse he was using his bible to convince people. Saying this is what God wants. No one should listen to what this man says.

    • Amin AbdulRahman

      I applaud you for bringing that up. I saw a pic last night on Bill Maher and it is quite revealing that the the long hair and beards is all an act. They were very rich before and used the facade as duck hunting swamp fucks to appeal to people that may live that way. What a way to get a bunch of low brow backwoods tea partner to vote against their interest?

      • PFOOMA

        Look at most of the “reality” shows on now. Most lean heavily on the “redneck”, “backwoods” etc. angle. Why is that?

      • Jim Bean

        Because they’re shows created by the Left for the entertainment of the Left who take perverse pleasure in ‘looking down’ upon ‘inferior’ humans. Also, they help reinforce liberals contempt for Red states.

      • Mark Bender

        I applaud your “open mind”… your a real charmer.

      • Jim Bean

        The producers of the show are not people who live that way. They are extremely wealthy left-wing extremists who produce the show for the entertainment of an extremely left wing audience who loves to feel superior and who can get some reinforcement for that by watching “a bunch of low brow backwoods tea partners” in their ‘natural habitat.’ The fact that viewership fell off after the Phil/homo flap proves its the Lefties who are/were watching. The Phil flap created a conflict between their absence of principles in one regard and their sense of principle in another. A forced choice between decadences, if you will.

      • Heidi Guerin-Frazee

        That is complete bullshit. The only people I know that watch those shows are rednecks.

      • Jim Bean

        According to Huff Po, 3.5 million less viewers tuned in for the 2014 season premier compared to the 2013 premier. Now let me ask you, (and please think very carefully before answering) do you really want me to believe you actually think it was rednecks who tuned out because they were offended by Phil’s comments? (Let me give you some hints. Which sector of our society believes they’re the speech police? Which sector loves to punish people who say things they don’t like any way they can? That’s the sector that was watching and has now tuned out. Does that sound like the redneck sector to you?

      • Heidi Guerin-Frazee

        I know a lot of rednecks. I grew up among them. My parents. my siblings and most of my family are hunting, fishing rednecks but none of them are homophobic or racist.

      • August

        I hope you don’t actually believe what you posted Jim! If so, that is one of the dumbest comments i have read in awhile. If you followed what happened when Phil was released you would have noticed that a large group of people said they would NEVER return to the show until it was picked up by another network.

      • Jim Bean

        You don’t compehend what I posted.

      • August

        Just re read your post Jim…you are correct!

      • Jim Bean

        Aarrhhh!

      • ed

        WHATS WRONG WITH RED NECKS I GUESS YOU YANKEE UP IN SOCIETY AND THINK YOU ARE BETTER THAN SOUTHERN PEOPLE DEFIND YOUR ANSWER FOR RED NECK PLEASE IF YOU CAN

      • Heidi Guerin-Frazee

        There is nothing wrong with rednecks. There is something wrong with anyone who is racist, sexist and homophobic.

      • Chili Dawg

        Larry The Cable Guy did the same thing. He was a khaki-wearing white guy named Dan Whitney until he started talking like a hick and mocking rednecks. He essentially makes a mockery of those folks, and they basically throw their money at him in one way or another.

      • Jen Langfeld

        As I well know. He is from Nebraska, as am I from birth. NOBODY talks that way or thinks like that in Nebraska, trust me. The only reason I have a heavy accent is because I have spent most of my life in Mississippi. It’s all an act by an average Midwestern guy who has managed to separate a bunch of rednecks from their money. I must commend him. Suckers lol.

      • August

        He is a comedian! You do understand what a comedian is, right? From your comments you seem to lack a basic understanding of that! At least you arent alone in your lack of intelligence. You have an allie in Jen Langfeld

    • Mark Bender

      Bill Clinton became a fan after hearing that news!

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        and mark bender stayed a fan as he doesn’t shower or shave–or READ— either

    • shogun768

      What is “stachatory” ? I’ve never heard that word before.

      • Billy Bien

        I love Chicken Stachatory

  • gatorgirl59

    And I suppose everyone knows that Phil started dating Miss Kay when she was only 14 and he was 19. He wants everyone to think that he lead this perfect life and preaches the word of God to convince himself that he did nothing wrong. However the whole show has no purpose or meaning except when Phil is with his grandchildren he is constantly whining about how yuppie they are especially the female children. I don’t understand the whole reason why this show is actually on??

  • shady

    Never watched do not care did not read haaaaa

  • xbj

    Anuses and Enemas Network needs to start getting back to Arts & Entertainment. The Anuses and Enemas thing just isn’t working out so well.

    • I am giggling at your comment.

      • xbj

        Thanks! I aim to entertain!

  • NYC

    Hey Bigots, We’re listening to every word you say. And when we don’t like what you say, we’re not y to listen anymore.

    • Jim Bean

      So, which is it?

  • 2Smart2bGOP

    I have to question the viability of a lot of these programs; Duck Dynasty, Honey Boo Boo, et al…..what on EARTH can be so interesting about any of these people that they can expect to keep the public tuning in after the initial curiosity has been satisfied? Are any of these individuals/families really that compelling?

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      stupid is as stupid does,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    • betsey1009

      I won’t watch Honey Boo Boo because I won’t watch a tv show filmed in America that needs subtitles. I think there are two things that keeps people riveted to these shows. One is that the people on the shows are so . . . different . . . than the viewers that people watch. Two is that the viewers don’t have enough fulfilling things to do in their own lives. I also think, on some level, the viewers of most of these shows watch them so they can make fun or laugh at the antics of the people on the shows.

  • patti wood

    When they keep playing re runs all the time people loose interest in a reality show,they need to film mote episoded and people me for one will tune in all the time!

  • Jessica Shafer

    It may be that but I believe another piece of it is the fact they have plastered their face on every piece of cheap POS merchandise they can, including nail polish ffs. Maybe people are seeing them for what they are: sellouts milking every damn cent they can out of their 15 minutes, and are sick of seeing their faces.

  • Da Voice In My Head

    Ironic that he gets virtually no bad press for telling older men to marry 15 year old girls. I guess A&E and Duck Dynasty advertisers are all run by men that think pedophilia is acceptable conduct but gay bashing and racism isn’t.

    • allenhill2002

      Since when is having sex with a 15 considered pedophilia? That would be statutory rape, but not pedophilia. Pedophilia is directed toward children, not teenagers.

  • The Old Man

    A&E messed up, not Phil. Im pro Duck Commander, screw A & E. I havent wqtched anything A&E since they fired Phil.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      and U certainly didn’t watch anything which requires learning how TO SPELL——————– archetypal for white trash FOX “news” watchers

  • Eh 28% aint enough to make advertisers pull out… theres shows that do much worse. A media company of all ppl should not be censoring ppl based on their religious beliefs. I never watched the show to begin with yet I gladly defended his right to speak what he believed. I personally think its stupid & ignorant to get all worked up over another mans beliefs anyhow? As I said all along, it mayve not been a “free speech” issue but it sure was an equal rights violation! You cant descriminate against a mans religion no more can you his or hers sex. By them favoring their pro gay marriage agenda over his beliefs they did just that & as his employer they broke the law! No matter what contract he signed it doesnt seem legal if its against the law.

  • Meweaz

    No mention of the fact that A&E is being boycotted(original airings of all shows, not reruns because those aren’t accounted for by advertisers) by, obviously, millions on the Right in protest of the way he(Phil) was treated & also of their biased liberal views, like trying to censor God & prayers. But then again, this article wasn’t intended for ALL the facts…typical!

    • Kenneth Browning

      The bible tells you to also keep your prayers to your damn self. But then again, Christians only follow the parts of the bible they want…typical.

      • white trash religious teaparty

        there U go again————— spouting FACTS!!! 🙂

  • Matthew Reece

    Could it just be that the two new episodes sucked compared to the old ones?

  • August

    The exodus is because conservatives WONT come back to A&E Network. It has NOtHING to do with the show. Your spinning of the truth is predictable! Have any of you read what people were saying when they let Phil go? Apparently not because if you did, you would have seen that i and millions more wont ever watch ANY program on A&E! Get a clue!!!!!

  • August

    Allen Clifton you and your article are absurd! The people that “stopped” watching are those that “refuse” to watch the show based on the “fact” that Phil Robertson was suspended in the first place. Your propaganda that its people that were offended by his remarks that stopped watching is ridiculous. Allen you must have failed to read what people were posting when the whole BOYCOTT A&E movement started. A lot of people stated that they would NOT return to the show to protest! Let me guess Mr. Allen, you must also believe that the “majority” of people support gay marriage as well? Even though every state that has put this issue up for vote, has passed legislation that says marriage is between a man and a woman. I personally dont care if a state allows gay marriage, its just pure ignorance to state things that fly in the face of facts, like your article here!