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Cable Series Shatters Ratings Records TVWeek

A cable series returned last night with a season premiere that shattered a number of cable viewership records. The premiere episode of season four of "Duck Dynasty" on A&E delivered 11.8 million total viewers, making it the No. 1 nonfiction series telecast in cable history, A&E announced.

The program also set a cable record for a nonfiction series in the demo of adults 25-54 with 6.3 million viewers, the network announced, along with cable records for all key demos.

"The episode was also watched by 6.3 million adults 18-49 and 3.0 million adults 18-34, becoming the number one series telecast in network history among all key demos," A&E announced. "The episode is poised to be the #1 show on television, broadcast or cable, last night."

The premiere was up from the record-setting season three premiere by 37% in total viewers, 29% in adults 25-54 and 26% in adults 18-49, A&E added.

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