Amazing as it seems to the pseudo-sophisticates, America loves its rednecks.
And so do I.
Variety reports this:
"A&E is certainly striking while the iron is hot, as this is the fourth season of “Duck Dynasty” even though the show first premiered less than 18 months ago.
When it bowed in March 2012, it drew a ho-hum 1.81 million viewers, but that increased with its second season in October of last year (3.94 million) and then more than doubled when it opened season three in February of this year (8.62 million).
The third season of “Duck Dynasty” averaged 8.4 million total viewers, up 95% compared to season two. It is cable’s top reality program this year..."
When I first saw the ads for the show 18 months ago, I was curious.
Many dismissed the show.
Nope, America embraced it.
Even to the point that many suggested Willie become a possible US Congressional Candidate. (Which he is not.)
A&E's success with this premiere is "shattering" to many industry analysts.
Not to me.
The Robertsons are good folks, (though my only contact with them was their linking to my post the day of the Boston Marathon terror attacks.)
They have succeeded in a nation that allowed them to.
In an industry of hunters and fishermen.
These folks ARE what's good with America. And they love the God who gave America its freedom.
Can't beat that.
11.8 million people think that same thing. They love the laughter and humility of this Robertson clan.
My guess is that the numbers are even bigger than that.
Because sophistication is fake. Posing and pretending to have all the answers, helps no one. Right wing or Left wing.
The realness of the Robertsons is so refreshing. Vulnerability always is.
Associated Press recently ran a story on my book, Beautiful Nate. The writer of the piece, Vickie Holbrook said this:
Today, Dennis Mansfield is a broken man, “loved by unloved people,” and he’s poured out his heart in a very personal book entitled “Beautiful Nate.”
“I‘ve learned I don’t have all the answers. … My past bravado in posing and pretending may have looked good, but it was not good.”
I knew Dennis Mansfield as a lobbyist and a politician. And I know a different man today."
PS: Nate LOVED hillbilly stuff. In MO he did so many of the things that Phil, Willie and the rest of the Robertsons do each episode in LA. I just smile...