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Hannibal: Season Two for Low-Rated NBC Series

Hannibal TV show on NBCDespite poor ratings, the peacock network has decided to renew Hannibal for a second season. There will be 13 episodes once again and they won’t start airing until mid-season at the earliest.

The first season of Hannibal is still airing and is currently averaging a 1.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 3.13 million total viewers. Last week’s installment drew just a 1.0 in the demo and 2.69 million. The season is expected to wrap on June 20th.

Here’s the NBC press release:


Bryan Fuller Drama That Details the Life of Dr. Hannibal Lecter Will Return for 13 Episodes

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 30, 2013 – NBC has given a 13-episode second-season renewal to its critically applauded drama “Hannibal.” The new season will air no earlier than midseason.

“Hannibal” is based on the characters from the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller, who also serves as writer and executive producer.

The announcement was made by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke.

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

Critics have strongly embraced the series. Alan Sepinwall of said “Hannibal” “is the last of this season’s serial killer shows. It’s also, by a very wide margin, the best.” Jeff Jensen of Entertainment Weekly called “Hannibal” “finely acted, visually scrumptious and deliciously subversive” while Matt Roush of TV Guide said the show is “feverishly twisted, fascinatingly macabre and visually remarkable.”

The series stars Hugh Dancy as expert criminal profiler Will Dancy, who has a unique ability to peer into the mind of serial killers. Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist who is helping with the cases and, unbeknownst to Will, is also a serial killer himself.

Laurence Fishburne stars as Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit. Caroline Dhavernas and Hettienne Park also co-star.

Through its eight original telecasts to date, “Hannibal” is averaging a 2.0 rating, 6 share in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall in “most current” results from Nielsen Media Research. “Hannibal” is the youngest drama on ABC, CBS and NBC, with a median age for its audience of 45.7. It’s also an upscale drama, indexing at a 111 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 indicating an average concentration of those homes).

Additionally, “Hannibal” is heavily time-shifted, with its 18-49 rating growing by 75% going from next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” results.

In addition to Fuller, Martha De Laurentiis, Jesse Alexander, Chris Brancato, Sara Colleton, Katie O’Connell, Elisa Roth, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as executive producers.

The series is produced by Gaumont International Television, Dino De Laurentiis Company and Living Dead Guy Productions, and co-commissioned internationally by Sony Pictures Television Networks.

What do you think? Are you glad that NBC has renewed Hannibal? Considering the ratings, does the renewal make sense? How about the episode order?

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Samantha January 23, 2015 at 2:33 am

Bring back HANNIBAL!!! Sophisticated dialogue, exciting minute by minute and an exemplary cast!!! Loved to work my mind during each episode as to what Hannibal may do next by attempting to BE HANNIBAL IN MY MIND! Challenging and compelling, frightening yet leaves us asking for MORE MORE MORE! I LIVED FOR EACH EPISODE DIRECTLY AFTER GRIMM! Bring it back! Stimulate the mind of the investigative Spirits such as mine whose creativeness is accelerated through shows such as the masterpiece of writing, cast, ever changing and challenging landscape of Hannibal. I am devastated that it is no longer on! I am a writer of thrillers and murder puzzles based on fact yet considered fiction. It is more than disappointing by any sense of the meaning that essentially for all intent and purposes Hannibal himself was murdered by all who brought him to life in such a short time.


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