Ratings: Duck Dynasty Drops But Is Still Tops, Suits Slips on New Night

Duck Dynasty Ratings

Duck Dynasty is no longer quite what it was once quacked up to be, yet it still topped Wednesday’s cable ratings.

Drawing 4.6 million viewers to its Season 6 premiere, paired with a 1.8 demo rating, the A&E series dropped more than 40 percent from its previous opener, hitting its lowest numbers since fall 2012 (our sister site Deadline denotes). But it still easily was Wednesday’s No. 1 cable program, with NBCSN’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals (3.4 mil/1.3, per TV by the Numbers) a distant second.

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Elsewhere on Wednesday: USA Network’s Suits launched Season 4 with 2.5 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, on par with this past winter’s midseason premiere and up from April’s finale (2.4 mil/0.7), but down from last summer’s Season 3 opener (2.9 mil/1.1), which aired on a Tuesday.

Graceland in turn returned to 1.6 mil and a 0.6, on par with its Season 1 finale’s demo rating (2.1 mil/0.6) but down sharply from its year-ago debut (3.3 mil/0.8), which led out of Burn Notice on a Thursday.

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  1. Mark says:

    When will USA Network realize the following 2 things.

    Stop launching new seasons during NBA playoffs – wait a week or two.

    And moving shows around every year harms them. Example, Suits from Thursday to Tuesday and now to Wednesday. Enough already.

  2. sarah says:

    Suits and Graceland were so good!

  3. Bwhit says:

    Suits and Graceland were awesome! I thought the premiere of Graceland really set up an interesting and great concept for the season. I do want Mike to ditch the uptight chick in Washington and give it a go with Paige!

  4. Esaul says:

    Suits is a great show. They need to stop moving it around.

  5. HAP says:

    I almost think that USA would rather be Modern Family repeats 24/7. Not only do they harm their existing dramas by moving them around, but the newest wrinkle that annoys me is they have put some funny 1/2 hour comedies on the schedule at 10pm., creating an annoyance of having to watch a Modern Family repeat at 10:30, or searching for something new to fill a half hour.

    This is, of course, if one is watching in real time.

  6. Si is the most hilarious one of the bunch! He tickles my funny bone! LOL!