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Ratings Report: SU, MLP, LPS, and Some Context

First of all, I do want to set things a bit clear with regards to MLP’s ratings for “Newbie Dash”. Yes, its viewership was at 190,000 last Saturday and that’s the low-water mark this season. Of course, some of the fandom look at those numbers and turn into the zebras from The Lion Guard. Lack of marketing from Discovery Family does not help in the slightest.

What’s also noteworthy here is the P18-49 rating (.09) which was in the top 150 among original cable programming. “Gauntlet of Fire” was not in the top 150 during it’s day. And as always, a significant percentage of the fandom view the show by means other than Discovery Family and are not included in those numbers. It’s simply more pronounced for this show than most others on television.

Next up for MLP is “Hearth’s Warming Tale” this last Saturday at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

As for LPS, “Paint A Picture, It Lasts Longer” drew an estimated 107,000 viewers on Discovery Family  That’s puts the Season Four average at 140,238 after 21 episodes. The next one is the 100th episode, “Bake Boss” at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

On to Steven Universe after a four-month hiatus, Season Three is off to a flyer as the pairing of “Super Watermelon Island” and “Gem Drill” fused for the most-viewed toon on Thursday night. It drew an estimated 1.693 million on Cartoon Network, beating out ALVINNN! and the Chipmunks on Nickelodeon (1.594M) which aired 90 minutes earlier. Steven provided boosts for both Regular Show (1.402M) and Adventure Time (1.381M), both of which received their biggest numbers since last September for the former and January for the latter.

Next up is “Same Old World” on Thursday night at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Cartoon Network.

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


Ratings Report: MLP Apertura and LPS Clasura

We’ll see where things go from here, but both MLP and LPS did better than there most recent episodes in terms of viewership  For MLP, “The Crystalling” averaged an estimated 378,000 viewers (383K for Part 1 and 373K for Part 2) Saturdayon Discovery Family. It is lower compared to the premieres of Seasons 3 thru 5, but an improvement from the Season Five finale. Next up is “The Gift of Maud Pie” at 11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family this coming Saturday.

As for Littlest Pet Shop, “Steamed” drew an estimated 133,000 viewers while “Two Peas in a Podcast” drew an estimated 136,000 viewers on Saturday. We’ll see how the show does with fresh MLP episodes as its lead-in again. The Season Four average for LPS now stands at 154,600 per episode. Next up is “Go Figure!” on Saturday at noon ET/11am CT on Discovery Family.

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


Ratings Report (WoY): Beginning of the End

It is now apparent that Wander Over Yonder is entering its home stretch of its run on Disney XD, but not without a bit of an uptick in viewership. The pairing of “The Legend” and “The Bad Neighbor” drew an estimated 467,000 on Disney XDon Monday night  That is an increase of nearly 32% from last week. The show’s Season Two average now stands at 453,125 per episode.

The next time we see Wander is to be determined. There are now 10 11-minute and one 22-minute episodes left for Wander.

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


The End of Wander Over Yonder, No 3rd Season


Sad News Everyone.

Wander Over Yonder is not being renewed for a third season.

Many have actually been aware of this for awhile, as some various rumors and gossip have been floating around.  Namely one story of a friend of a friend of our site was at a convention recently that had Craig McCracken as a guest of honor, and I guess somewhere he kind of spilled the beans.  A few months prior to that we became aware that Lauren Faust (also at another convention) had made mention that she wasn’t working on Wander either.  But of course we waited until something official dropped, which was today via Craig McCracken’s Tumblr.  As he points out, they knew before Season 2 started that Wander was over with.

I’ve been seeing a lot of speculation lately on whether or not Wander will be returning for a 3rd season. Unfortunately, the answer is no.

About a year ago we presented a pitch for a season 3 arc that promised to bring our characters together in new, unexpected, and hilarious ways. And just as S2 evolved from S1, we had a really exciting approach to evolving S3 even further. We had plans for new characters, the return of old characters, and even a bit of backstory! We were all really excited about the new direction and so were our bosses at DisneyXD and TVA.

Unfortunately, the higher up bosses of bosses of bosses at Disney decided not to continue with the show. It’s not that they didn’t like Wander, they just felt that 2 seasons and 80 cartoons was enough and they didn’t see the need to produce any more.

For the record, this decision had nothing to do with the ratings performance of S2. Truth be told, we were informed that we wouldn’t be continuing before S2 even premiered.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the fans who spread the word about Wander and encouraged people to try and watch it on air.

I know this news is kind of a bummer, but the recent surge in fandom from My Fair Hatey along with our win at the Annie’s for Outstanding Children’s Series has really made me and the whole Wander team feel that we are ending on a high note!

So thanks, and as Wander says…

We gave it a go,

put on a heck of a show,

and did a lot of fun stuff we’ll get to laugh about after!

And for those keeping track we have 7 half hours left of S2 that will wrap up sometime in June.

Thanks for watchin’ and wanderin’!


[Source – Craig McCracken Tumblr]

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end.



On a semi-related note, we’ve had a few people ask us what we planned on replacing these now “done” shows with.  As it stands half our coverage is packing it in this year.  The short answer is that we really do not know.  There are plenty of shows starting in the next year and a half, but we’re also weighing in on the fact that we’re having troubles providing basic coverage for the shows that we did have.  Our staff has shrunk down over the past two years and we lack writers and reporters.  So we might just operate on 3 shows, which we will probably do anyways while watching the animation landscape for something new.  Suggestions are welcomed.

Star Vs Renewed For 3rd Season

Good News Everyone (well, Star fans).

The show that was renewed for a second season before its first season began, has been renewed for a third season.

The network has also ordered a season three pickup for Disney TVA’s Annie Award-nominated “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” from creator Daron Nefcy and a second season of the short-form comedy series “Two More Eggs” from acclaimed web animation PIONEERS The Brothers Chaps (Mike and Matt Chapman).

The Annie Award-nominated “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” follows fiercely awesome teen princess from another dimension, Star Butterfly (voiced by Eden Sher), as she navigates high school, embarks on dimension-hopping adventures across the multiverse and battles arch-nemesis Ludo (voiced by Alan Tudyk) and his monstrous forces of evil alongside best friend Marco Diaz (voiced by Adam McArthur). Nefcy, a 2009 California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) graduate, is executive producer. “Star vs. The Forces of Evil” ranked as Disney XD’s #2 animated series in Kids 2-11 and Kids 6-11 for 2015. “Star vs. The Forces of Evil: Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension,” a hardcover book created by Nefcy and Disney Press, will be released in 2017.

[Source, Broadwayworld.com]

Currently there isn’t any information on when Season 2 will begin.  Thanks to Impus Tredecim for the tip off.


Its second season has yet to air, but Star vs. the Forces of Evil was given a third season by Disney XD on Friday. It joins Star Wars: Rebels in getting a third season pickup. The press release from Disney also announced a hardcover book entitled, “Star and Marco’s Guide to Mastering Every Dimension” schedule to come out in 2017.

Star premiered on January 18th, 2015 to 2.325 million viewers on the Disney Channel. After moving to Disney XD for episodes 2-13, the show averaged 617,500 per episode only once falling below a half million viewers for a first-run episode. The second season had been given shortly after the premier episode aired.
What is unknown at this point is whether Wander Over Yonder will get a third season. The show received no mention in the press release. Wander has 12 11-minute episodes and one final 22-minute episode remaining in Season Two.

Ratings Report (WoY): The Family Reunion/The Rival


Wander Over Yonder experienced an uptick in viewership despite the two-week break. The pairing of “The Family Reunion” and “The Rival” drew an estimated 514,000 viewers on Disney XD on Monday night  It is the 5th time this season the show has gone over the half-million mark. The Season Two average now stands at 459,214 per episode.

Coming up next Monday is the third of the 22-minute episodes this season in “My Fair Hatey” which promises to be a musical episode. That airs next Monday at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on Disney XD.
Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as measured by Nielsen Media Research.

Ratings Report: Gravity Falls and Wander


Just before Gravity Falls takes a final bow, there was a retrospective. “Between the Pines” drew an estimated 766,000 viewers on Disney XD on Monday night. That is below the lowest mark for Season Two which was “Blendin’s Game” at 775,000 in November 2014.

It all ends in “Weirdmaggedon 3:  Take Back the Falls” next Monday at 7pm ET/6pm CT on Disney XD.
As for Wander Over Yonder, it experienced an uptick from the previous week. The pairing of “The Cartoon” and “The Bot” drew an estimated 388,000 on Monday night on Disney XD. That is an increase of 15.5% from last week. The Season Two average now stands at 455,000 per episode. Wander will take a bye week next Monday before returning on February 22nd with “The Family Reunion” and “The Rival” at 8:30pm ET/7:30pm CT on Disney XD.
Ratings information for this report comes courtesy of Mitch Metcalf of Showbuzz Daily as sourced by Nielsen Media Research.