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Ratings Report: MLP, LPS, and Wander

This week, you won’t see many big numbers which is perhaps an indication of viewership declines virtually across the board on television.

For MLP, “The Gift of the Maud Pie” drew an estimated 214,000 viewers last Saturday on Discovery Family. Indeed, a decline from last week’s premiere, but that was expected. Next up is “On Your Marks” this coming Saturday (April 9th) at11:30am ET/10:30am CT on Discovery Family.

As for Littlest Pet Shop, “Go Figure!” drew an estimated 93,000 viewers last Saturday on Discover Family. It is the third time this season in which LPS drew south of 100K. The Season Four average now stands at 150,750 per episode with 10 episodes to go. Next up is “A Leah Rose by Another Name” on Saturday at noon ET/11am CT on Discover Family.

Wander Over Yonder went back to a single short per week, and it drew its second lowest number this season. “The Party Poopers” drew an estimated 342,000 viewers last Monday night on Disney XD  The show’s Season Two average now stands at 446,588 per episode with nine 11-minute shorts to go before the half-hour series finale. Next up is “The Waste of Time” on Monday, April 11th 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.


MLP Review: “The Gift of Maud Pie”

So, we have an episode with the pony who can best carry an episode, the pony who is guaranteed to take comedy up to eleven, and the most popular pony introduced in Season Four. This works! Rarity and Pinkie Pie travel to Manehattan. Rarity is looking for a spot to open her third boutique while Pinkie is meeting Maud for the “Pie Sisters’ Surprise Swap Day” or PSSSD for short.

For the trip with Maud, Pinkie has her eyes set on a rock pouch for Maud to keep Boulder in in the hopes that it’s more impressive than any gift Maud brings her. In the Pinkie Pie way, they go sightseeing (trying to find a place for Rarity’s shop in the process) to various places marked by Pinkie firing her party cannon, leading to the pouch store. And wouldn’t you know it, the shop owner went on a “sudden vacation” with his grand-niece. Attempts to find a substitute falter, but there’s pony who has a pouch similar to the one Pinkie eyed in the store. The cost:  one party cannon. Maud’s gift to Pinkie:  cupcake-scented confetti for the party cannon.

So yes, if at any time you saw a synopsis of this episode or the corresponding book coming soon in stores, this is much like “The Gift of the Magi,” only it goes about halfway in that Maud is not sacrificing Boulder. Instead, Maud is going to return the pouch for the canon. She’s very convincing with her expressions! Maud tells Pinkie that gift-giving is not a competition and that it’s an expression of love. Oh, and coming soon is Rarity’s new shop in Manehattan (“Rarity For You”)—and PSSSDWR (with Rarity).

Despite the predictable lesson, this is a near-perfect episode. Words can’t do justice to the comedy we see from all three central characters in this episode. Maud is as deadpan as ever, Pinkie is Pinkie, and Rarity did a great Pinkie impression two-thirds the way in the episode. This is a very funny interpretation of “The Gift of the Magi” story and as only Rarity, Pinkie, and Maud can tell it.

Pluses and Minuses:

  • +  The comedy
  • +  Rarity, Pinkie, and Maud
  • +  “Big” reference
  • –  Lesson could be predicted


Stat of the Episode:  This is the first time the third episode of a season does not include all of the Mane Six. Twilight, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, and Fluttershy do not appear in this episode. All six have appeared in “Ticket Master,” “Lesson Zero,” “Too Many Pinkie Pies,” “Castle Mania,” and “Castle, Sweet, Castle.”


Episode Title, Air Date, and Synopsis for MLP 603

You might not want to stand in her way

Comcast’s TV Guide has a title and air date for the next episode after the premiere of season 6. Check out the details after the break.

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