Despite poor ratings, NBC has renewed their Hannibal TV show twice. Now, the network has moved the series to Thursdays, one of the biggest nights of television (albeit during the summer months). Will the numbers improve? Cancelled or renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
Based on the Red Dragon novel by Thomas Harris, Hannibal revolves around the early relationship between FBI investigator Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen), a forensic psychiatrist who becomes an infamous cannibalistic serial killer. Others in the cast of this thriller series include Laurence J. Fishburne III, Aaron Abrams, Caroline Dhavernas, Scott Thompson, Tao Okamoto, and Gillian Anderson.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
Final season averages: 0.38 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 1.31 million total viewers.
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For comparisons: The second season of Hannibal (which aired on Friday nights) averaged a 0.86 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 2.54 million viewers.
Note: Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you like Hannibal TV series? Would you like to see it cancelled or renewed for a fourth season?