Tag: The Ratings Corner

Ratings Corner: Steven The Sword Fighter


So how did Steven Universe on its new night? Not as good as it did on Monday. In fact, it’s the second-lowest for the show as “Steven the Sword Fighter” drew just 1.098 million viewers and placing 36th, and that is with Teen Titans Go! as its lead-in (which placed 12th at 1.269M viewers). Regular Show took five of the top six spots on the CN charts.
For as relatively strong as Teen Titans Go! has been for Cartoon Network, the early returns are that it is not as strong a lead-in compared to Adventure Time and Regular Show. Hiatuses of more than two weeks also aren’t helpful. We’ll see how “Lion 2: The Movie” fares on April 23rd.
Steven Universe Season 1:
Episodes as of April 19th: 14 
High:  1,893,000 (“Giant Woman”, 2/24/14)
Low:  1,005,000 (“Arcade Mania”, 2/17/14)
Average Viewership:  1,502,357
Highest Placing:  1st (“Giant Woman”, 2/24/14)
Lowest Placing:  79th (“Arcade Mania”, 2/17/14)
Average Placing:  22.36

Ratings Corner: MLP – It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies & LPS

It may not be easy being Breezies, but evidently a lot of people found them easy to look at (or because it was also a Fluttershy episode). “It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies” drew an astounding 644,000 viewers on Saturday making it the 3rd most-watched episode both for the season and the series. It is also just the second single-part episode to draw over 600K (“Power Ponies”). This was also the first weekend where MLP went to 4-play mode. Only the replay of “Games Ponies Play” on Saturday finished outside the top 30. The Saturday repeat of “Twilight Time” came in 2nd with 383,000 viewers, followed by a Friday showing of the same episode at 373,000. Overall, MLP occupied 13 of the top 20 spots on the Hub Network chart including spots 1-6.

MLP Season 4:
  • Episodes as of March 6th:  16
  • High:  733,000 (“Princess Twilight Sparkle, Part 1”, 11/23/13)
  • Low:  397,000 (“Daring Don’t”, 12/7/13)
  • Season-to-Date Average Viewership:  550,938
  • First Half Average Viewership:  547,538
  • Second Half Average Viewership:  565,667
  • Highest Placing:  1st (13 times)
  • Lowest Placing:  2nd (twice)
  • Average Placing:  1.13
Most Watched MLP Episodes:
  • 1.  Princess Twilight Sparkle (721,000 for both parts)
  • 2.  Power Ponies (683,000)
  • 3.  It Ain’t Easy Being Breezies (644,000)
  • 4.  The Crystal Empire (601,000 for both parts)
  • 5.  Filli Vanilli (584,000)
  • 6.  Flight to the Finish (568,000)
  • 7.  Simple Ways (554,000)
  • 8.  Bats! (531,000)
  • 9.  Rarity Takes Manehattan (527,000)
  • 10.  Rainbow Falls (514,000)
Last week, I mentioned how if the (then) two most-viewed single-part episodes of MLP led to 300K+ viewers for the first-run episode of LPS that week. That was not the case this week. “Inside Job” drew 239,000 and placed 16th. As has been the case with LPS for most weeks, the replay of last week’s episode just before (“Grounded”) drew more viewers at 281,000. Two other LPS reruns drew more viewers.
LPS Season 2:
  • Episodes as of March 6th:  19
  • High:  309,000 (“Shanghai Hi-Jinks”, 2/15/14)
  • Low:  158,000 (“”Grounded”, 2/22/14)
  • Season-to-Date Average Viewership:  230,053
  • First Half Average Viewership:  234,384
  • Second Half Average Viewership to Date:  220,667
  • Highest Placing:  1st (“Eight Arms to Hold You”, 11/9/13)
  • Lowest Placing:  38th (“Grounded”, 2/22/14)
  • Average Placing:  17.42
As a bonus this week, thanks to Douglas Pucci of Son of the Bronx, we have the numbers for all Season One episodes of Littlest Pet Shop. Get your pencils and scorecards ready. LPS debuted the same day as the MLP Season Three premier with a two-parter on November 10th, 2012, and aired a new episode every Saturday thereafter thru April 27th, 2013 (in broadcast order):
  1. “Blythe’s Big Adventure, Part 1” (536,000)
  2. “Blythe’s Big Adventure, Part 2” (503,000)
  3. “Bad Hair Day” (446,000)
  4. “Gailbreak” (304,000)
  5. “Penny for your Laughs” (342,000)
  6. “Mean Isn’t Your Color” (268,000)
  7. “Russell Up Some Fun” (405,000)
  8. “Blythe’s Crush” (254,000)
  9. “Dumb Dumbwaiter” (451,000)
  10. “Eve of Destruction” (383,000)
  11. “Books and Covers” (261,000)
  12. “So You Skink You Can Dance” (325,000)
  13. “Lights, Camera, Mongoose!” (363,000)
  14. “Trading Places” (383,000)
  15. “Topped with Buttercream” (357,000)
  16. “Sweet (Truck) Ride” (400,000)
  17. “Helicopter Dad” (275,000)
  18. “What’s in the Batter?” (284,000)
  19. “What Did You Say?” (213,000)
  20. “Bakers and Fakers” (288,000)
  21. “Terriers and Tiaras” (365,000)
  22. “Lotsa Luck” (250,000)
  23. “Door-Jammed” (359,000)
  24. “Frenemies” (283,000)
  25. “Blythe’s Pet Project” (194,000)
  26. “Summertime Blues” (293,000)
  • Season 1 Average:  337,885
  • First Half Average:  372,385
  • Second Half Average:  303,385
As you can see, the distribution for LPS in Season 1 was more widespread than MLP Season 3 was. Also noticeable is that just two episodes of the show drew over 300,000 viewers after MLP Season 3 wrapped up on February 16th. Those 10 weeks after “Magical Mystery Cure” averaged 280,400 viewers. What’s disconcerting for the show is that it’s lost an average of 70,000 viewers per 13 episodes of the series. Currently, the second half of Season Two may slow the decline, but it is still a decline at the present time.
StatManDan (@StatManDan)

Ratings Corner – Steven’s Lion

In somewhat unrelated news to StatManDan’s ratings report, it has recently been announced by the NY Times that Turner Network is planning on expanding Adult Swim.  [AS] which just turned ten years old is currently holding rank over the other hosts of late night, fetching better viewer ratings than Leno, Letterman, Coco and Stewart & Colbert.  Starting March 31st the channel (which piggy backs on Cartoon Network) will begin airing at 8pm est and run to its traditional 6am slot.  Sadly I’m sure they’ll fill it with Family Guy and The Cleveland Show (or better American Dad & King of the Hill).

This of course is going to affect CN’s Monday Night lineup, as Steven Universe has been playing at 8pm (though next episode is scheduled for 2/17 @ 8:45pm).  It’ll be interesting to see how the show fairs.  Thanks to the few people who sent in the news article about AS.  And now for your report from StatManDan.

We’ve been dealing with second-lows for many of the shows we’ve covered thus far in the ratings report. This is actually an improvement in this is a “third-low.” “Steven’s Lion” drew 1,512 millon viewers and placed 18th among programming on Cartoon Network. Both are third-lowest in terms of viewership and placement. Adventure Time was once again the top show on CN with 2.213M viewers with Wednesday’s Ninjago taking second and third this week. There was still a significant drop-off when preceded by Regular Show. This week’s was 20%. From Adventure Time, the dropoff was 31.6%.

Steven Universe Season 1:
  • Episodes as of January 27th: 8
  • High:  1,861,000 (“Gem Glow”/”Laser Light Cannon”, 11/4/13)
  • Low:  1,286,000 (“Frybo”, 11/18/13)
  • Average Viewership:  1,571,250
  • Highest Placing:  4th (twice)
  • Lowest Placing:  35th
  • Average Placing: 15th

The next ratings report for Steven Universe will be for “Arcade Mania” which is scheduled to air on February 17th.


Ratings Corner: Steven Universe “Serious Steven”


From my understanding the ratings report for Steven Universe will be roughly a week behind due to the episode airing on Monday and how CN’s numbers are reported.  So next Saturday we should have the numbers for Tiger Millionaire.  And now for the report on Serious Steven via StatManDan.

Steven Universe came back after a six-week hiatus on January 13th, and it appears a significant number of people were either unaware of it, watching WWE RAW, or whatever. “Serious Steven” drew 1.347 million viewers and was 28th place among all programs on Cartoon Network from the week of January 13-19, 2014. Both viewership and placement are 2nd-lowest for the show this season. “Frybo” has both viewership and seasonal lows. Despite following new episodes ofAdventure Time and Regular Show (2nd and 1st on CN, respectively) on Monday night, the drop from Regular Show to Steven Universe was 34%

Steven Universe Season 1:
  • Episodes as of January 25th:  6
  • High:  1,861,000 (“Gem Glow”/”Laser Light Cannon”, 11/4/13)
  • Low:  1,286,000 (“Frybo”, 11/18/13)
  • Average Viewership:  1,582,000
  • Highest Placing:  4th (twice)
  • Lowest Placing:  35th
  • Average Placing: 15th

NOTE:  I originally had “Frybo” drawing 1.522 M viewers, but that proved to be erroneous. The correct figures for that episode are 1.286 M viewers and 35th place on CN. Averages have been adjusted to reflect the season so far. The next ratings report for Steven Universe will be for “Tiger Millionaire” which aired January 20th.


The Ratings Corner – Wander Over Yonder: The Ball


So how did Wander Over Yonder do after a six-week break between new episodes? “The Ball” was certainly dropped here. It drew 2.037M viewers which is the 2nd-lowest for a first-run episode this season. It’s 38th place ranking among Disney Channel shows is its 2nd lowest as well. While it did do better than a new episode of Phineas and Ferb (1.75M) which aired immediately after, it was well below Disney’s current top toon Sofia the First (2.555M for a Sat AM showing). It also was behind a late night offering of Gravity Falls.

Wander Over Yonder Season 1:
  • Episodes as of January 17th:  12
  • High:  3,126,000 (“The Greatest”/”The Egg”, 9/13/13)
  • Low:  1,905,000 (“The Box”, 11/15/13)
  • Average Viewership:  2,434,833
  • Highest Placing:  5th (“The Picnic”, 8/16/13)
  • Lowest Placing:  72nd (“The Box”, 11/15/13)
  • Average Placing:  22nd