For those interested, the series finale of Wander Over Yonder drew an estimated 326,000 viewers last Monday on Disney XD according to Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research. The Season Two average was 410,087.

This is show that simply ended too soon. Yes, Gravity Falls ended after only 40 episodes, but the decision to end that show was made by its creator Alex Hirsch. “The End of the Galaxy” hardly felt like a series finale. In fact, series creator Craig McCracken talked about setting up Season Three before Disney cancelled the show. Season Two had its wonky moments, but the last few episodes were some of the best the series had as it ran the gauntlet of emotions and delved much deeper into each of the main characters—especially Wander as he stood firm to his pacifist principles in the face of Hater, Peepers, and Sylvia wanting to go to war with Dominator.

It’s still a surprise “The Breakfast” won the Annie Award for TV over both Steven Universe and Gravity Falls’s most talk-about episodes (“Jailbreak” and “Not What He Seems”, respectively). Indeed, when Wander debuted on Disney Channel in 2013, it drew north of two million viewers for all but one episode. But by the 15th episode, it was punted to Disney XD and in the morning for a short while before airing on Monday nights (when Disney XD apparently felt like it).

We at DerpyNews are disappointed that we have lost three of the shows we’re covering in a span of four months, but of Gravity Falls (creator’s choice), Littlest Pet Shop (it was time), and Wander Over Yonder; it still feels like the last of those three is leaving too soon and some of the decisions Disney made as to how they aired it does not put them beyond reproach.

It’s an indictment of Disney, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Family that they are jarringly uneven when they air their cartoon shows. You may have noticed that Steven Universe will air Monday-Friday again starting July 18th for what appears to be another “Steven Bomb”. For the “In Too Deep” arc, it was Thursdays at 7pm ET/6pm CT. When Star vs. the Forces of Evil returns on July 11th, it will be at10:30am ET/9:30am CT on Disney XD. I was personally aghast when I heard the time slot.

Of course, with the likes of Netflix and Disney with its apps for it channels, there are many ways to view a cartoon nowadays. Also, there are other metrics to determine the popularity of a show as is all too known with MLP.

Wander Over Yonder was a very funny show and was getting better as its run was coming to an end. It’s just a shame that “The End of the Galaxy” was The End for Wander. It just feels like it’s going too soon.

StatManDan

Ratings Report: The Penultimate Wander

Much like Littlest Pet Shop, Wander Over Yonder is destined to go out on a relative high. The pairing of “The Robomechabotatron” and “The Flower” drew an estimated 407,000 viewers on Disney XD on Monday night. It is the highest mark for the show since “The Waste of Time.”

The Season Two average now stands at 413,909 with just one episode to go. The series finale, “The End of the Galaxy” airs at 8pm ET/7pm CT on Disney XD on Monday night.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

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222 – “The Robomechabotatron, The Flower”

Written by: Sam Riegel; Rachel Vine
Wander must convince Sylvia, Hater and Peepers to work together to control an ancient giant robot; Sylvia scours the destroyed galaxy to save a rare flower and cheer up Wander.

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These are the type of numbers that will send the MLP fandom (or at least a part of it) into panic mode no matter how many times we in the Pony media say not to and that there are other metrics where MLP is doing really well. That said, “Spice Up Your Life” drew an estimated 143,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. Of course, that is just Discovery Family and one YouTube channel that showed the episode drew double that in views.

That puts the Season Six average going into the break at 243,333 which is well off the 452,250 average of the first 12 episodes of last season. We honestly don’t know why the numbers are what they are and you can blame the lack of marketing on Discovery’s part, that some in the fandom have gotten tired, or people are watching the show by other means. But we cannot overemphasize enough that TV ratings are not the only metric to judge the show’s performance by.

As for Wander, the pairing of “The Sick Day” and “The Sky Guy” drew an estimated 273,000 viewers Monday night on Disney XD. Recall that this show was once drawing seven figures on Disney Channel before being punted to XD (and in the afternoon at times). The show’s Season Two average now stands at 414,238 with just three episodes left in the show. Two of those air this coming Monday night with “The Robomechabotatron” and “The Flower” at 8pm ET/7pm CT on Disney XD.

Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf and Mitch Salem of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

StatManDan

Wander Over Yonder 220 – The Search for Captain Tim, The Heebie Jeebies Episode Guide

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220 – “The Search for Captain Tim, The Heebie Jeebies”

Written by: Francisco Angones; Todd Casey
Lord Hater accidentally recruits an alien hunter to help find his missing pet; Wander and Sylvia search a creepy forest planet for a mystical power.

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Wander Over Yonder 219 – The Hot Shot, The Night Out Episode Guide

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219 – “The Hot Shot, The Night Out”

Written by: Amy Higgins, Francisco Angones, Craig McCracken; Noelle Stevenson
When a mysterious new rebel begins fighting Dominator’s forces, Sylvia becomes jealous; Dominator takes a night off to explore a nearby city and makes an unlikely new friend, Sylvia.

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221 – “The Sick Day, The Sky Guy”

Written by: Noelle Stevenson; Francisco Angones, Amy Higgins
When Wander gets sick, he depends on Sylvia to take on his many duties; Wander discovers a new species.

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