Duck Dynasty ratings nothing to quack about; take tumble after controversy | Arkansas Blog

Friday, January 17, 2014

Duck Dynasty ratings nothing to quack about; take tumble after controversy

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 9:25 AM

QUACKERS: Duck Dynasty crew had a drop in ratings this week.
  • QUACKERS: Duck Dynasty crew had a drop in ratings this week.

The  market has spoken on Duck Dynasty and its star's ill-informed and insensitive remarks on matters of race and sexual orientation.

From Talking Points Memo on ratings after the controversy that fans viewed as a huge victory because the network that carries their popular reality show, A&E, backed off a suspension of Phil Robertson:

But rather than a ratings spike, viewership for the show's season five premiere actually dipped considerably. Wednesday's premiere drew 8.5 million viewers, down 28 percent from the season four premiere last August.

They used to say there was no such thing as bad publicity.

And speaking of cultural issues that drove the late, great Duck Dynasty debate:

* GAY MARRIAGE: Houston Mayor Annise Parker married her longtime partner Kathy Hubbard in a ceremony Thursday in California. Yes, Houston, TEXAS. The same-sex union was performed in California because, well, you know Texas. Houston grants insurance coverage to spouses of legally married city employees, by the way. Hubbard says she has other insurance and won't need it. Other couples might. This is a policy the mighty University of Arkansas has continued to defer and delay, to its everlasting shame. It fears legislators who'd like to make domestic  coverage — which might not only provide for same-sex couples, but also various other family units — illegal. To date, the Central Arkansas Library System is the only government agency I know of extending this common-sense benefit which promotes worker productivity and family stability.

You can run, Duckheads, but you can't hide from the march of marriage equality and human dignity.

UPDATE: I've learned the city of Fayetteville also provides domestic partner benefits.

Tags: , , , ,

Sign up for the Daily Update email

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Donald Trump declares war on Hillary Clinton's marriage

    Donald Trump gave a remarkable interview to the New York Times yesterday in which he declared open season on the marriage of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton's past infidelity. Seems like a loser, but I've been wrong before.
    • Oct 1, 2016
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders becomes White House press secretary

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, is the new White House press secretary.
    • Jul 21, 2017
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments



© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation