Duck Dynasty announces final season (VIDEO)

The Robertson family, who makes up the Duck Dynasty, announced this week that they’ll end the popular reality series in April.

“We’ve decided as a family for this to be the final chapter of the Duck Dynasty series. This is gonna be the best season yet and you might see us again on a special or two. May god bless each and every one of you,” the family said in a video statement.

According to a statement issued to media, Duck will end after the current season on the A&E network. New episodes will run through Jan. 18, resuming March 1 with seven more episodes, including the finale on April 12.

USA Today reported after its premiere in 2012, Duck, which follows a Louisiana family that hit it big in the duck-call business, became a TV and cultural phenomenon. By 2013, episodes were drawing more than 10 million viewers. However, ratings for recent episodes are just a fraction of the earlier numbers, with original episodes from August averaging under 1.5 million viewers.