01/16/2014 04:22 pm ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

'Duck Dynasty' Ratings Are Down Dramatically From Last Season

Fans no longer give a quack about "Duck Dynasty."

TV Line reports that 8.5 million people tuned in for the fifth season premiere of "Duck Dynasty" on Wednesday (Jan. 15), down from 12 million viewers who watched the fourth season premiere.

In the highly sought after age demographic of 18-49, only 4.2 million tuned in.

When Phil Robertson insulted black people and gay people back in December, creating a huge uproar in the media, fans passionately defended the patriarch, but the ratings haven't held up.

Could this be the beginning of the end for "Duck Dynasty?"

"Duck Dynasty" airs Wed. at 10 p.m. EST on A&E.

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