'Duck Dynasty' Christmas Special Delivers 8.9M Viewers

A&E Hit Rings Up Major Gains from Last Year's Program

Almost 9 million viewers celebrated the holidays with the Robertsons on Wednesday night.

A&E's Duck Dynasty Christmas Special drew 8.9 million viewers in the 10 p.m. hour on Dec. 11, a 37% jump over last year's holiday festivities with the Robertson family, according to Nielsen data. The special also averaged 4.6 million and 4.5 million adults 25 to 54 and persons 18 to 49, respective gains of 21% and 15% from the 2012 show.

Season five of Duck Dynasty is set to premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, with back-to-back episodes at 10 and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Duck Dynasty's fourth-season premiered landed before 11.8 total million viewers in August 2013, making it the top nonfiction series telecast in cable history and the series’ best season ever.