Metalocalypse Debut Ratings Rock

Cartoon Network reports that the new series, Metalocalypse, was the highest-rated original series premiere of the year on [adult swim]. Spoofing the world of death-metal bands, the series debuted on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 11:45 p.m. and ranked No. 1 in its time period among adults and men 18-24 and men 18-34.The show was also among the top ad-supported basic cable programs of the week.

Metalocalypse is created by Brendon Small, creator of Home Movies, and comedy writer Tommy Blacha, whose credits include Da Ali G Show, Latenight with Conan O’Brien and TV Funhouse. The series revolves around a fictional hard-core metal band named Deathklok, who leave a trail of death and destruction while touring the world. Band members Nathan Explosion, Skwisgaar Skwigelf, Toki Wartooth, Pickles and William Murderface don’t just sing about darkness, they embrace it to comical effect.

Animated with Flash and After Effects and Los Angeles-based Titmouse Studio, Metalocalypse is one of several new [adult swim] offerings announced during the broadcater’srecent UpFront presentation in March. Shceduled to join the lineup in September is Frisky Dingo, a superhero spoof from Sealab 2021 co-creators Matt Thompson and Adam Reed. December should see the debut of Assy McGee, a show about a crime-fighting butt from creators Carl Adams (Sunday Pants), H. Jon Benjamin (Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist) and Matt Harrigan (Tom Goes to the Mayor). Also coming later this year are Saul of the Mole Men and Lucy. The Daughter of the Devil. In September, [adult swim] will air a half-hour pilot for Korgoth of Barbaria, an animated fantasy-action-adventure-comedy from scribe Aaron Springer (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie).