It is official, the Camo Clad Robertson Family have proven that America will watch a “clean” show that does not use promiscuity or half naked women. TV Execs on all the other networks got handed a humiliating defeat Wednesday night as Duck Dynasty set records and cleaned the competition’s clocks. The season premiere boasted 11.8 Millions viewers and it was the most-watched non-fiction series telecast in cable TV history according to Nielson Ratings. This show works because many of us can identify with the Family Values and of course, we all have members of our own clans that are similar to them.
A&E announced a new long term contract for the show to continue on for a few more seasons at least. If they can keep up these ratings, they will dominate Wednesday Night TV. This premiere starts out with the family planning a surprise wedding for Phil and Kay. It was just like watching my family go about a surprise party and we always think someone is going to let the secret out before it happens. Si was elected as best man for the ceremony. Willie claimed it was his idea all along, of course, even though we all know it was his wife that got the ball rolling.
So why is Duck Dynasty so popular? This show has none of the normal ingredients of most of the popular shows out there today. The fact that it is something original is the biggest reason, in my opinion, for the success. Second, the Robertson’s have a simple way of putting life in perspective and that resonates with most of us. Yes, we see people in the news all day long talking about life’s problems and how we should deal with them. None of them can hold a candle to the advice Phil is known for dishing out.
I remember one of the past episodes where he is with his grandson and they are talking about girls. Phil explains that the most important quality in a girl is that she can cook. He says some will say they will live on love but they will end up starving to death. A lot of the more “educated” advisers out there today may say that is not even important. Some may even label Phil a person that likes to control his wife by keeping her at home in the kitchen. To understand how cooking could be the most important thing a guy needs to look for in finding his life long partner, let’s look at what happens in the Robertson family.
At the end of every show, this family is gathered around a big table and they get a chance to talk about what is going on in each of their lives. Problems are aired out and settled, jokes are thrown out like the shells of the crawfish they are eating, and the family has time to bond with each other. A bonded family is a strong family and food is a way to get this family together. A mother that can keep her kids together by cooking a good meal, is the best therapist you will ever find.
Next week, look for us here at CMR to provide you with a weekly update on the Duck Dynasty clan with our full recap of each new show. We hope it will give you the latest news on the Robertson’s and maybe even a little lesson in life.
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