- Noah Cyrus cries on Instagram after Lil Xan’s baby announcement Today 2:26 PM
- The ‘Well yes, but actually no’ meme is here to help you explain things Today 12:07 PM
- Judge orders Roger Stone to appear in court after his Instagram post Today 11:24 AM
- I worked with the migrant caravan—and Trump is the cause of his national emergency Today 11:09 AM
- How to watch Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich online for free Today 11:08 AM
- ‘Patriot Act’ volume 2 proves Hasan Minhaj is the next big star of the news-comedy genre Today 11:01 AM
- ‘Friends From College’ canceled after 2 seasons at Netflix Today 10:53 AM
- Allow your wallet to be your spirit guide during this rad anime sale Today 10:43 AM
- Man stages fake DUI trial to propose to girlfriend, and people are asking why Today 10:40 AM
- Bernie Sanders’ website full of 404s on launch day Today 10:23 AM
- Pose’s Indya Moore goes viral for arguing trans women have ‘biologically female’ penises Today 10:21 AM
- Howard Schultz pens Medium essay declaring ‘unprecedented appetite’ for Schultz 2020 Today 9:56 AM
- The weirdest movie at the Oscars is ‘Border’ Today 9:22 AM
- Did Elon Musk just host PewDiePie’s meme review? Today 8:53 AM
- Loona stans take over Twitter with praise for the ‘Butterfly’ video Today 7:31 AM
Turns out ‘Rick and Morty’ isn’t just for cringeworthy dudes
Women make up 40 percent of the show’s audience.
Sometimes I feel bad for Rick and Morty. It’s a mostly-very-good, earnest show beleaguered by some fans that take it way too seriously and filter their own cringeworthy behavior through characters smarter and more charismatic than they are. Thankfully, we now have some hard data to show that Rick and Morty acolytes aren’t all Szechuan-licking troglodytes.
In a report by Hulu, which recently debuted season three of Rick and Morty on its platform, statistics stated that women make up 40 percent of the show’s audience.
That stands in pretty stark contrast to the barrage of misogynist behavior perpetrated by fans, including a harassment campaign against the show’s female writers, fans harassing fast-food workers over a Szechuan sauce promotion, and a lot of memes.
You can’t blame folks for thinking less of the series for inspiring a mini-cult of dopey, misogynistic behavior.
One other interesting stat is that while Rick and Morty fans watch other programs you might expect (Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers), 40 percent of them also watch family-focused dramas like This is Us and Handmaid’s Tale.
Oh, and Rick and Morty fans are totally insomniacs, watching during the most popular time slot of 11 PM to 1 AM.
Keep in mind, of course, that this data is just from Hulu’s platform and doesn’t cover demographics from other platforms like Netflix or cable. A Hulu representative told Mashable that the data was collected over a six-month period, from January to July of this year. Nielsen ratings don’t account for gender either, so Hulu’s data is about as good as we’ll get for beating back the hordes of dudebros making lame meme jokes. Oh geez, man.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
The fourth season of Rick and Morty is currently in development. Co-creator Justin Roiland tweeted out that 70 episodes are on the way, and hopefully the guaranteed episode count will mean we won’t have to wait another year for results.
Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.