Honey Boo Boo and Other 'Hillbillies' Get Big TV Ratings

Reality-TV "rednecks" have become a big trend on cable channels.
3:00 | 10/18/12

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Transcript for Honey Boo Boo and Other 'Hillbillies' Get Big TV Ratings
We're back, now, with what is being called the redneck revolution. Oh, yeah. It is blowing up reality tv. Ratings sky-high. Honey boo boo. Duck dynasty. You know the shows. You know you do. But what about these shows has the country fixated? Ryan owens has the story. Reporter: In reality tv, redneck is red-hot. Change the channel and you can go from hillbilly catfishing to rocket city rednecks. To swamp people. Oh, and sometimes, it feels like honey boo boo is on 24 hours a day. Or we wish she was. You better -- Reporter: It's no surprise the larger-than-life characters are too much for reality show producers to pass up. But critics say their tv popularity says a lot about us. I think it has to do with the economy. We used to look at shows with housewives and false breasts and false teeth and false everything, to people with no teeth. Reporter: Of course, not all of the self-described rednecks are down on their luck. I recently met the robertsons, a louisiana family who turned duck da calls into a million dollar empire. And a tv show, "duck dynasty." The premiere of season two brought in 3. Million viewers. Honey boo boo gets 2.4 million viewers a pop. And the history channel's "swamp people," averaged 4.2 million for its third season. These numbers are very big for cable. And we're talking about, you know, shows that cost 15 cents to make. Fresh fried alligator. Don't get fresher than that. Reporter: But while america's appetite for redneck reality seems insatiable, not everyone is sure it's a healthy diet. They represent an exaggerated image of the lives of rural people who work with their hands. Reporter: But as long as rednecks keep bringing in the ratings, they're not going an ywhere. And that's tv reality. For "good morning america," ryan owens, abc news, dallas.

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