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.