According to , Space Dandy and Bleach led the ratings in the Adult Swim block with 1.153 and 1.084 million viewers respectively watching and a 0.8 rating. Space Dandy was #1 for the 11:30 pm slot for ages 18-24 and 18-34. Naruto Shippudden and Sword Art Online ranked #1 in their respective timeslots, 12:30 and 2 am among men 18-24.
I think this is overall good for anime. I feel that if they see that Space Dandy is a hit, they may marathon Cowboy Bebop and Wolf's Rain again. They may also show Gundams like 00, Neon Genesis Evangelion and other intellectual sci fi shows, rather than just showing pop like Shippudden and Bleach. Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann may also be a priority, since big name directors in the US may get the exposure thanks to Shinichiro Watanabe breaking through. not to mention Digimon and Summer Wars creator.
Shippuden is a ratings fetcher. Nothing wrong with helping a show that supports the block. I personally prefer Bleach and One Piece. All have been doing well. Both are essentially the Dragon Ball Z and Gundam of the 00s- the cultural phenomenons.
Sword Art Online looks pretty impressive. New and different, so it's getting ratings. I'd also couple FLCL after Space Dandy just to increase FLCL's viewership, while the "cultural phenomenons" stay relatively untouched.
Funimation did a great job at hyping up Space Dandy. And why shouldn't they have? When Cowboy Bebop is widely considered the prototype for what anime fans sampled when they watched Adult Swim over 10 years ago?
Time to part-tay!