"Duck Dynasty" is nothing to quack at.
The finale of the A&E reality show about a Louisiana bayou family that has established a sporting empire by fabricating fancy duck calls and decoys out of salvaged swamp wood was the highest-rated telecast in the cable network's history, drawing 6.5 million viewers.
The hour-long episode also shattered A&E's audience records among several demographic groups, including adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and adults 18-34.
"'Duck Dynasty' represent the best of A&E's unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters," said Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager of A&E Network. "It's extremely gratifying to see more and more viewers flocking to the series week after week.
The series' audience has grown by 139% this season in total viewers. New episodes will debut early next year.