In the two years or so between Rick and Morty's Season 3 finale and its Season 4 premiere, the animated hit's fanbase reached an anticipatory fever pitch. The guarantee of no less than 70 more episodes coming to Adult Swim in the future did help, but nothing helps more than actual new episodes. Season 4 kicked off in November, and four of its ten episodes have aired so far. So did viewers actually turn up to give Rick and Morty worthwhile ratings?
In a nutshell, it's safe to say that Rick and Morty has given Adult Swim and parent company WarnerMedia a lot to be happy about so far with Season 4. That said, it's also safe to say that everyone involved would be that much happier if this season's ratings skewed a little closer to what they were like in Season 3. Let's Pickle-Rick things down a bit.
Rick And Morty's Season 4 Premiere Ratings
Rick and Morty's Season 4 premiere dropped on November 10, and it has so far earned the biggest Sunday night audience and demographic rating of Season4's episodes so far. 2.33 million people tuned in to watch holograph and wasp versions of Rick, with a 1.2 demo rating with adults aged 18-49. The greatest news possible for the Season 4 premiere is that it won out over all other scripted cable programming on that Sunday night, even beating out The Walking Dead for the top spot.
On the flip side of things, the total viewership was lower than the totals for most of the episodes in Season 3. (Rick and Morty's surprising April Fools Day premiere drop in 2017 had very low numbers, understandably.) The 1.2 demo rating was also a dip in comparison to prior episodes, but still started the season off strong.
Rick And Morty's Ratings For Episodes 2-4
Understandably, Rick and Morty saw a slight decline in the ratings for its second episode, which is quite common amongst most TV shows these days. Episode 2 brought just under 1.7 million viewers to Rick's personal toilet, earning a still-impressive 0.9 demo rating. The episode fell below The Walking Dead for the zombie drama's penultimate Season 10 episode, and its finale also topped Rick and Morty that next weekend.
Speaking of, the heist-within-a-heist episode "One Crew Over the Crewcoo's Morty" took another (much smaller) dip in its numbers, with 1.61 million people watching on Sunday night, with another 0.9 demo rating. Most recently, Rick and Morty hit its first Sunday without The Walking Dead as its nightly competition, and the ratings took a mild upwards turn once dragons came into the picture for Episode 4, according to Showbuzz Daily. 1.62 million viewers were watching, with the demo rating falling just short of a 1.0.
Again, these numbers aren't the most impressive across the board, but there's something to be said about Rick and Morty's consistency across the most recent three episodes, given its time slot. Those numbers could definitely keep ticking up, also, without zombies serving as ratings rivals. Rick and Morty will never conquer the NFL on Sunday evenings, but conquering everything on cable is a giant. victory in its own right. (Not to mention the show ranks highly in TV-related searches on Pornhub.)
Are you guys watching nightly, or are you having to catch up later in the week? Let us know below, and find ways to watch Rick and Morty every Sunday night at 11:30 p.m. ET.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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