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Ratings Report: MLP And WoY

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.


MLP Review: “Spice Up Your Life”


The map is fixed again courtesy of Starlight and Twilight and it sends Rarity and Pinkie Pie to Canterlot to help a father (Coriander Comin) and daughter (Saffron Masala) with their struggling restaurant. It’s an Indian-type restaurant that’s unlike the rest of the restaurants of Restaurant Row. In other words, the food is much tastier and the atmosphere is not at all stodgy.

There is tension between Coriander and Saffron as the stress of keeping the restaurant afloat is getting to them. Rarity works with the former to make the restaurant more like the others in order to woo restaurant critic Zesty Gourmand, whose three hooves rating is a marketing chip on Restaurant Row. Pinkie and Saffron go out on the street to advertise their food—and only net two ponies from Whinnyapolis. (Writer’s Note:  I was at MLP-MSP for a screening of the episode and the Whinnyapolis ponies got massive cheers.)

However, the attempts to woo Zesty are a total disaster and it’s back to Square One. Things turn around when Saffron fixes her Dad a dish that makes them reminisce about how they just wanted to cook their food to ponies. Rarity and Pinkie switch roles and Rarity attracts customers to the Tasty Treat while Pinkie restores the original decor. This time, the Grand Re-Reopening is a success despite Zesty’s objections. Rarity and Pinkie respond by telling her that she’s not one to tell other ponies what to think just because she thinks things should go a certain way. It inspires others on the Row to start making food the way they want to instead of how Zesty feels they should.

With that it’s friendship mission accomplished and we go into the midseason break.

This was a nice way to go into the break as it’s been 16 episodes since the last map episode. Rarity (mostly) and Pinkie were on song again and we got interesting new characters in Coriander and Saffron. The song is one of the better ones in the first half of the season as well. I say mostly with Rarity because her initial advice on helping the Tasty Treat was to adjust the decor to be like the other restaurant on the Row. Maybe that’s Rarity basing things on how Zesty critiques, but that’s in conflict with “Canterlot Boutique” when Rarity insisted on uniqueness for her designs. In the grand scheme of things, that’s a minor flaw though in what was a great episode.

You can’t help but feel that we’re in for something extraordinary for the remaining 14 episodes of Season Six—especially since the map is back in order.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  Rarity and Pinkie dynamic
  • +  Interesting new characters
  • +  Song
  • –  Initial advice from Rarity is in conflict from her beliefs from earlier episode.