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.


  • Raffaele Lanza

    Personally Dan I think that the drop in popularity and ratings is due to the fandom, and this is not something extended just to MLP: lately people on the internet seem to find more “fun” in finding what they think is wrong in a production, even the stupidest thing, to complain, instead of having fun in enjoying the production itself. And now because this Internet has become full of people who hate things that they used to love. Times are changend Dan, and are changed in a very negative way. Internet right now is in the hand of many idiots with the brain big as a peanut, and they’re giving bad reputations to several bad things. And the worst thing, nobody can say anything to them, because at the single mention of disapproval of their opinion… they block you. Internet is in the hands of many morons, and nobody can do anything about it. This is the truth…

    • Dude, I just gotta say, you are depressing most of the time you comment on here. It downs my mellow on this worthless mud ball planet we live on. But I cannot say that you are incorrect. Shit does change, but if you attempt to involve yourself in the whole world, you might go mad, like looking into the void. Take a page from the Satanic Bible, and concentrate on yourself and what is ahead of you. Shows and fandoms will come and go like waves in the ocean.

      As for the ratings, you’re not wrong, but its more of a many many different things and factors.

      A. TV not being popular like it once was.
      B. People watching shit online one way or another.
      C. Death of The Hub, rebranding as shitty Discovery Family.
      D. The fact the fandom is indeed on the decline or what I’ll call, Twilight Stage.
      E. The changes to how they air the series. First four seasons aired Fall – Winter – Spring when people are indoors, bored, at school, etc. Its now Spring (Finals for school people, etc) with the other half in the late Fall.

      As for the internet, its always changing, and much like airplanes used to be for higher class people, where people dressed up like it was a fancy ocean liner to ride on it, they are now nothing more than flying Grey Hound buses.

      • Raffaele Lanza

        Believe me: I wrote what I wrote because several personal experiences happened to me in the last five years in several communities, MLP related and not. I admit thought, mine was a bit of a rant as well: I’ve used Internet for over a decade as a way for passing time. But if I come back to 2008 for instance, I never thought it would have become so poisonous, and as someone who used Internet as source of joy for many years, all of this makes me sad, both because I can’t stand it and because now I’m having an hard time in finding something else to pass my free time (not mentioning that all of my real life friends went away for jobs in other states). For the most part is pretty much of a personal problem. The point is, I’m trying to stop once for all using internet right now, but as someone who used it for so many years, it’sharder than I thought…