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'Duck Dynasty' season finale sets all-time A&E ratings records

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/07/2012 

Duck Dynasty, a reality series which follows a family business that makes duck call equipment for hunters, has shot down A&E's ratings records.

Duck Dynasty's one-hour second-season finale, which aired Wednesday night at 10PM ET/PT, drew ratings that rank it as A&E's most-watched series telecast of all time.

According to the network, a total of 6.5 million viewers tuned into watch the finale broadcast.  In addition, it also drew 3.9 million adults in the age 18-49 demographic, 3.8 million in the age 25-54 demographic and 2 million in the age 18-34 demographic. All three demographic numbers are also the best in A&E ratings history.

In addition, Duck Dynasty -- which will premiere its third season in early 2013 -- was also the top primetime show among the Adults 18-34 and 18-49 demographics on all of television on Wednesday night, finishing ahead of broadcast network competition that included Survivor and The X Factor.

"Duck Dynasty represents the best of A&E's unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters," said A&E president Bob DeBitetto. "It's extremely gratifying to see more and more viewers flocking to the series week after week."

Duck Dynasty is produced by Gurney Productions. Deirdre Gurney, Scott Gurney, David McKillop, Elaine Frontain Bryant, and Lily Neumeyer serve as executive producers.

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