Per the fast affiliate ratings, the first episode of Hannibal attracted a 1.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 4.31 million total viewers.
NBC reminds us that the show built on lead-in Go On by 45% (1.6 vs a 1.1 in the demo) and that it’s the best performance they’ve had in that timeslot in over a year (excluding live news and sports).
Unfortunately, this can hardly be considered a winning performance. Hannibal is in a distant third for its timeslot. Compared to the season averages of NBC’s others shows, it’s ranking just above The New Normal (a show that will likely be cancelled) and most shows drop at least 15% in their second week.
So, while Hannibal isn’t an out-of-the-gate failure, this was hardly a great start. As always, the show’s fate will be decided by how well it does in the coming weeks.
What do you think? Does Hannibal have a chance at survival or is it already doomed? Did you watch? Are you going to watch again?