More People Watched Duck Dynasty Than Michigan vs. Notre Dame Last Week

By Connor Muldowney
Michigan-Notre Dame
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The Michigan Wolverines and Notre Dame Fighting Irish ended one of the best rivalries in college football last weekend with a primetime game on Saturday night. The Wolverines came out on top, 41-30, in yet another great game played by both teams that went down to the wire.

If you watched the Michigan-Notre Dame game, you were one of 8.6 million people who tuned in — the second-most watched program on cable last week. What was No. 1? Well, Duck Dynasty, of course.

I have never seen the show, but I know just how popular it is by the references I hear all the time. From my understanding, it’s a show about guys from down south who like to go duck hunting. Sounds intriguing and all, but I would rather spend my time watching one of the historic rivalries of college football coming to an end.

Duck Dynasty garnered a weekly-best 10.4 million viewers last week when the show aired last Wednesday night. It’s not a bad thing that the show was the most-watched program on cable TV last week, but the fact that it was viewed even more than one of the best games of the young college football season is just not okay.

You got to see all the trash-talking between the two head coaches actually hit the field of play as the teams faced off in a rivalry game with two of the more historic programs of all-time. Some people would rather watch of group of rich, southern-speaking duck hunters take to cable.

This is what America has come to — reality TV over reality.

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