Miley’s twerking isn’t enough to dethrone ‘Duck Dynasty’

‘Duck Dynasty’ tops weekly cable ratings Photo: A&E/Duck Dynasty

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2013 —As the notoriety of the “Miley moment” fades away, it’s worth noting that not even dancing bears and a roaming foam finger were enough to top “Duck Dynasty” in the ratings race. This fact alone should garner some kind of award for the bearded bunch because their family oriented show represents everything Miley Cyrus is not.

Regardless of how popular the show has become, the kids on “Duck Dynasty” have their feet held firmly to the ground. They have been raised to respect themselves as well as others, a lesson sorely lacking in the Cyrus family. As Miley pranced about like a stripper while her mom looked on approvingly, take comfort in the fact that the most popular family on TV prefers prayer over twerking.

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In the words of the family patriarch Phil, “”We’re trying to infuse a little good into the American culture. Love God, love your neighbor, hunt ducks. Raise your kids, make them behave, love them. I don’t see the down side to that.” We agree Phil.

Despite being raised in rural Flatwoods, KY and having a Pentecostal preacher grandfather, somewhere along the line Billy Ray Cyrus sold his soul, and his daughter to the company store.

After taking country music by storm with the 1992 “Some Gave All” album, Cyrus tried everything from heavy metal to gospel music in his effort to reclaim the fame of his “Achy Breaky Heart” years.

Then Disney came knocking in 2006 and the girl named Destiny Hope Cyrus became Hannah Montana. Her parents named her this because of their belief that she would accomplish great things in her life, and she has done this if the scorecard is money.

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But if common decency and self respect is the measure of success, the pimping of Miley Cyrus by her parents is a dismal failure. Instead of reveling in her monetary success, they should consider a Robertson family intervention.

Send Cyrus to West Monroe, LA and let Phil and Miss Kay see if they can convince her to swap her dirty dancing for church on Sunday and camouflage. It would give her a much needed dose of humility and the rest of the world a break from the Miley Cyrus train wreck.

“Duck Dynasty” may be a simple show about a simple family, but its popularity is undeniable proof that a demand for decency and morality in the entertainment industry does exist. Pay attention Hollywood, we’re trying to tell you something important.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie tries to get Mike to spend time with a new neighbor who shares his interests; Sue demands a cheer-off between the Wrestlerettes and the cheerleaders.

CBS: Big Brother: (New) The Power of Veto competition is held.

Fox: MasterChef: (New) The judges’ kids help judge the mystery box challenge.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Repeat) Twelve semifinal acts perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

CW: Arrow: (Repeat) A woman suffers a violent death after partying at Verdant, and Tommy becomes a suspect when incriminating evidence is found. Meanwhile, the Count escapes from the mental institution and Starling City suddenly is flooded with drug-related violence; and Oliver recalls lessons learned on the island with Slade.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Middle: (Repeat) Frankie and Mike worry that Axl may not get a sports scholarship; Sue’s school science project involves smiling; Brick wants an iPad.

9 p.m.

ABC: Modern Family: (Repeat) Mitch and Cam try to save an old tree in the park; Jay takes Manny to a kid’s Olympics-themed birthday party; Gloria and Claire have an eventful shopping trip.

CBS: Criminal Minds: (Repeat) Nannies are kidnapped, along with the children they care for, in Los Angeles.

NBC: America’s Got Talent: (Live) The performers gear up for the first week of live semifinals from Radio City Music Hall.

CW: Supernatural: (Repeat) Castiel tells Sam and Dean that he wants to become a hunter, and he helps them investigate a case in which a man’s heart literally burst through his chest. The probe reveals that other strange murders have occurred in town, all of which resemble deaths from cartoons.

9:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (Repeat) Marty offers to teach the Bird-Kersees how to drive; Amber regrets opting for lessons from a driver’s ed teacher when Ms. Porsche (Sandra Bernhard) turns out to be very unconventional.

10 p.m.

ABC: ABC’s The Lookout: (New) Reports on consumer products and spending are featured.

CBS: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: (Repeat) A body is found floating in a mud bath at a popular spiritual retreat center. Meanwhile, Hodges questions his marriage plans to an Italian beauty.

NBC: Camp: (New) Mack’s father starts a prank war with Camp Ridgefield; Kip lays it on the line for Marina.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

BBQ Crawl at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel

Diggers: Juiced at 8 and 8:30 p.m. on NGC

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo at 8:30 and 9 p.m. on TLC

Property Brothers at 9 p.m. on HGTV

Only in America with Larry the Cable Guy at 9 p.m. on History Channel

Royal Pains at 9 p.m. on USA

Paranormal Witness at 9 p.m. on Syfy

Diggers at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on NGC

Duck Dynasty at 10 p.m. on A&E

Mystery Diners at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

Futurama at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central

Broadchurch at 10 p.m. on BBC

Top Chef Masters at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

The Bridge at 10 p.m. on FX

Top Shot All-Stars at 10 p.m. on History Channel

Hot in Cleveland at 10 p.m. on TVLAND

Modern Dads at 10:30 p.m. on A&E

The Exes at 10:30 p.m. on TVLAND

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Mummy Returns on AMC

Strike Back on CINEMAX

Cold Creek Manor on ENC

Derailed on FLIX

Silent Hill on IFC

Secretary on SUND

The Music Man on TCM

Take This Waltz on TMC

9 p.m.

The Man With the Iron Fists on CINEMAX

Hannah Montana: The Movie on Disney Channel

Shrek Forever After on FXM

Dark Shadows on HBO

Stigmata on MOMAX

Later tonight:

Paycheck at 9:30 p.m. on FLIX

Devil at 9:30 p.m. on HBO

Every Day at 9:55 p.m. on SHO

Black Swan at 10 p.m. on SUND

I Don’t Know How She Does It at 10 p.m. on TMC

The Glimmer Man at 10:05 p.m. on ENC

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