Adult Swim surprised fans of “Rick & Morty” with the Season 3 premiere on Saturday. The first play of the show at 8 p.m. ET/PT landed among the Top 25 originals for the day with a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49 and 676,000 viewers — decent numbers considering there was no warning of the debut.

The episode repeated until midnight, with improving ratings over the course of the evening as word spread. The best showing was at 11 p.m. (0.4, 949,000 viewers).

It was overall a weak day on cable, however: The top original was “Dragon Ball Z Kai” at 0.4.

Top 25 original cable shows among adults 18-49 for Saturday, April 1, 2017

Shows Net Time Total Viewers (000s) 18-49 rating
DRAGON BALL Z KAI/FINAL ADULT SWIM 12:00 AM 864 0.4
JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE ADULT SWIM 12:30 AM 679 0.3
MURDER COMES TO TOWN ID 10:00 PM 1,399 0.3
THE KITCHEN AT FN FOOD 11:00 AM 1,214 0.3
TOKYO GHOUL ADULT SWIM 1:00 AM 601 0.3
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM/UNICORN ADULT SWIM 2:00 AM 548 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 10:00 AM 740 0.3
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 12:02 AM 579 0.3
TRISHA’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN FOOD 10:30 AM 1,115 0.3
PIONEER WOMAN FOOD 10:00 AM 1,180 0.3
LIGA MX 2 UNIVISION DEPORTES 10:57 PM 465 0.3
VALERIE’S HOME COOKING FOOD 12:00 PM 1,027 0.3
FLIPPING VIRGINS HGTV 11:00 AM 1,124 0.3
LOG CABIN LIVING HGTV 11:30 PM 1,255 0.3
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 11:00 AM 679 0.2
LOG CABIN LIVING HGTV 11:00 PM 1,151 0.2
RICK & MORTY ADULT SWIM 8:00 PM 676 0.2
LOVE AT FIRST BARK HALLMARK 9:00 PM 2,162 0.2
HOUSE HUNTERS RENOVATION HGTV 10:00 PM 1,277 0.2
COLLEGE GAMEDAY ESPN 4:00 PM 601 0.2
SPORTSCENTER WEEKEND ESPN 9:00 AM 619 0.2
GHOST ADVENTURES TRAVEL 9:00 PM 639 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 2:00 AM 433 0.2
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL BOYS CHAMP ESPN 12:00 PM 532 0.2
SPORTSCENTER ESPN 8:00 AM 562 0.2

Source: The Nielsen Company.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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