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The episode was watched by a network record 3.9 million adults ages 18 to 49 and an impressive 2 million adults ages 18 to 34, making it the most-watched series telecast in A&E history among all key demos.

” ‘Duck Dynasty’ represents the best of A&E’s unique brand of storytelling, showcasing authentic and engaging characters,” said Bob DeBitetto, president of A&E Network and BIO Channel. “It’s extremely gratifying to see more and more viewers flocking to the series week after week.”

The news, which had “Dynasty” topping cable and broadcast fare for the night, follows a particularly stellar second season of the series, which has grown 139 percent in total viewers, year over year. It joins other cable efforts including FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” and AMC’s “Walking Dead” in its ability to outrate its broadcast competition this year. New episodes of “Duck Dynasty” will return in early 2013.

Compiled from Web and wire reports