Now that a few weeks have passed and all the judgements have been rendered, the results are in. Season 4 of My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, experienced the most widely inconsistent swings in episode quality of any season, scoring with both the highest-ranked epsiode of the franchise, as well as the lowest.
The graph above, which was rendered on this site pulls its data from the IMDB ratings provided by users.
The highest rated episode of the season, as well as the series, went to Pinkie Pride (the Weird Al Episode) with a rating of 9.2 out of 10. The season also had 5 other episodes ranging ABOVE the previous record of 8.7 (held by Winter Wrap Up, Party of 1, and the Canterlot Wedding). This would have made Season 4 the best season ever according to ratings, however it was also offset by the 6 episodes that were ranked as some of the worst of all time, including the Breezies episode, which set a new record low score of 7/10 among IMDB users (beating out the previous lows set by Mysterious Mare Do Well, and Spike At Your Service).
The average set by these episodes set it considerably higher than the previous season, though still lower overall than Season 1 and Season 2. It most closely resembles Season 1's average.
In addition to the IMDB rankings, the Poniflix rankings have also been released, showing a much more critical response to the episodes on the part of the stream audience (composed largely of /mlp/ users).
Despite the fact that the episode ratings trended lower than those ranking on IMDB, both sets of data agree on the rankings of episodes within the season for the most part.
Season 2 still holds the title as the best season of the series. Though none of Season 2's episodes can compete with the best of Season 4's, Season 2 had the most consistent quality throughout, trending generally between 8 and 8.5 out of 10 for most episodes.
Season 4 is also the first season since Season 1 that has trended upward as time went on.
How will Season 5 fare?
Can we expect as wild inconsistancy?
Will things get better?
How would Equestria Girls rank in this?
(Actually we can answer that one, Equestria Girls is rated 6.4 out of 10, making it the lowest rated program in the franchise).
Onward into the hiatus.