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Dan T. Cathy
Is 'Duck Dynasty' played out?
Is 'Duck Dynasty' played out?

I'm as surprised as anyone to hear that the ratings for the "Duck Dynasty" fifth season premiere were down about 27% from the fourth-season opener last summer. I would have thought that the publicity bonanza reaped from duck patriarch Phil Robertson's intemperate comments just before Christmas would last long enough to at least spur some curiosity viewing, even if it were short-lived. But no. But it's probably too much to say that the fall in viewership has anything to do with a nationwide distaste for casual racism and undifferentiated bigotry, which were what distinguished Robertson's quotes in GQ. Having reviewed more clips than I care to remember after...

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