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Stephen Kruiser


January 17, 2014 - 8:30 pm

When it comes to bias from the MSM, it isn’t always what is said but often what isn’t. For example, look at these headlines regarding this past Wednesday’s season premiere of the show:

TV Line: Ratings: Duck Dynasty Premiere Down Sharply

Huffington Post: ‘Duck Dynasty’ Ratings Are Down Dramatically From Last Season

Talking Points Memo: Ratings Plummet For ‘Duck Dynasty’ Season Premiere After Star’s Gay-Bashing Interview

All, of course, mention the Phil Robertson interview to imply that there was a definite cause and effect in play.

It is true, the numbers were down sharply from last season’s premiere. Here is one tiny fact that none mentioned: last season’s Duck Dynasty premiere was the highest rated nonfiction series broadcast in cable history.

Oh, one other little salient point not noted in any of the three (there were more articles/posts I could have added but I felt three examples would suffice) is that the Duck Dynasty premiere easily won the ratings battle that night.

The way the lefties set this up was clear: if Duck Dynasty didn’t break it’s own record and have the best night in cable ever, Phil’s interview ruined the show. This is easy to do if no other context than last year’s number was provided.

While it may have been a big percentage drop, are they really in trouble with an 8.5 million viewers premiere? Here is more context: the much anticipated final season premiere of Breaking Bad drew 5.9 million.

The Robertsons are fine.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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Let's also recall that it wasn't advertised this season. The only reason I knew it was on, is that I happened to flip past it.
Last season, the advertisements about it were all over,
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I'm sure there were hipsters who spent last year laughing at the show and watching it to make some kind of ironic point who tuned out due to Phil's comments. OTHO, I wonder how many of those who agreed with him tuned out simply because they don't want to watch A&E.

And regardless as it is noted it remains the highest ranked show on cable and 8.5 million would have given it 5th place on broadcast, Wednesday, ahead of 11 other shows including Law and Order SUV, Two and a Half Men, and The Middle.

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Sadly, you can count the numbers all you want, and say the season premiere of DD was the most watched show on Wednesday, but it won't matter.
The numbers for the premiere were lower than last years. The angry lefties who demanded Phil's head on a plate will see this as a victory. Nothing you can do will stop them from believing this.
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