|Launched||September 2, 2001|
|Owned by||Warner Bros. Entertainment|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV|
(downscaled to letterboxed 480i for SDTVs)
(nighttime programming block of Cartoon Network)
|Dish Network||Channel 176 (East)|
Channel 177 (West)
|Orby TV||Channel 210 (East)|
Channel 211 (West)
|DirecTV||Channel 296 (East)|
Channel 297 (West)
Channel 1886 (VOD)
|Available on most cable providers||Channel slots vary on each system|
|Google Fiber||Channel 351|
|adultswim.com||Live simulcast (Available nightly from 8 p.m.–6 a.m. ET/PT; U.S. pay-TV subscribers only)|
|YouTube TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Hulu with Live TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Sling TV||Internet Protocol television|
|AT&T TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Amazon Fire TV||Internet Protocol television|
|Roku||Internet Protocol television|
Adult Swim (stylized as [adult swim]) is an American adult-oriented nighttime programming block of the children's basic cable network Cartoon Network that is programmed by its in-house production studio, Williams Street. Marketed as a separate network for ratings purposes, Adult Swim currently broadcasts nightly from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. ET/PT.
Debuting in 2001, Adult Swim serves as the nighttime identity of Cartoon Network, and was established as alternative programming during late night hours when Cartoon Network's primary target audience, children between the ages of 7 and 15, would normally be sleeping. In 2005, the block was granted its own Nielsen ratings report from Cartoon Network due to targeting a separate demographic. The block features stylistically varied animated and live-action shows; including original programming, syndicated series, anime, original video animations, and short films with generally minimal or no editing for content.
The block has frequently aired adult animation features, mockumentaries, sketch comedy, and pilots. The block's shows are known for their sexual themes, frank sexual discussion, nudity, strong language, and graphic violence. Many of its programs are esthetically experimental, transgressive, improvised, and surrealist in nature. Adult Swim has contracted with various studios known for their productions in absurd and shock comedy.
As with Cartoon Network, Adult Swim's reach through various services totals 94 million American households.