Will 'Hannibal' Take a Bite Out of the Ratings? - Poll

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April 4th, 2013


Tonight, Hannibal premieres in what has become NBC's death slot, Thursday at 10PM.  The timeslot's numerous casualties include Do No Harm, Awake and The Firm. Hannibal  has the benefit of being based on a popular character as well as the audience's seemingly insatiable hunger for shows about serial killers. But it still faces tough odds. How do you think it will do? Make your predictions then post your favorite fava bean recipes in the comments.



  • Hardline_Pro


  • alffan

    1.2 … the lead in wont’ help and everything is new on all networks. It has a no chance … DOA

  • Unknown

    If it’s up against TBBT then it’ll probably get low raitings!

  • SJ

    1.2 at best.

  • Pavelsauce

    But it’s not airing against TBBT. They’re in different timeslots.

    The promos make the show look interesting, but I don’t have high hopes for the ratings. I’m predicting 1.7-1.9.

  • DW

    the way NBC is and not a lot of press im going 1.3

  • tv#1

    Maybe a 1.5 if it is lucky. I don’t know why NBC is doing this to Hannibal? It should be airing Tuesdays after The Voice. That would at least give it a chance.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    As usual, I won’t try to guess the numbers. But I will check it out. I’m interested to see how Mads Mikkelsen does with the role and also how Will Graham is portrayed. I’ve read three of the books (Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal), and seen three of the movies – the original Manhunter (based on Red Dragon), Silence of the Lambs and the remake of Red Dragon.

    The amusing thing to me is that people don’t seem to realize that the novels aren’t actually thrillers – they’re parodies. Harris is known to have a wicked sense of humor. I mean, a cannibal psychiatrist? His portrayal of federal agents is also generally negative. Only Jodie Foster interpreted the Starling agent as a more vulnerable character – in the Silence novel, she was mostly an unlikeable “Fed beyatch”. Having her run off with Lector at the end of Hannibal is another example of how Harris turned that around.

    So it will be interesting to see if this adaptation tries to be solely a thriller, like the movies, or if some of Harris’ parody intention is included.

    Hugh Dancy who plays Graham is a decent actor. I saw him as Galahad in King Arthur. Casting Fishbourne as Jack Crawford is a decent move. Making “Freddie” Lounds a female might or might not work. Having Gillian Anderson as a recurring character is likely to bring in all the old X-File fans.

    They have several regular crime scene analyst characters, so the show probably carries over that aspect of the movies. If the pace bounces between “fast and furious” crime analysis to prevent another serial murder (as the movies did) and the interplay between Graham and Lector the show may do really well quality wise.

    I’m looking forward to the show as it’s not the usual crime procedural.

  • DaxJackson

    It looks interesting. But it’s NBC, 1.5 if it’s lucky. I hope I am surprised and it does well.

  • eridapo

    The problem with using twitter trends as indicative of ratings success is that any group of organized fans (diehard fans) can influence trends. Indeed I visited forums and sites for some shows where fans of a show plan days ahead for specific hash-tags that could yield a trend. If you were to spend and look at a hash-tag for a show (say The Vampire Diaries), you will see than within the hour the same 400 or so people tweeting about the show. There are individuals that within an hour place 100 tweets saying nothing more than one or two words with the show’s hash-tag.

    If twitter trends statistics were more restrictive — i.e. only counting 1 tweet per person every 10 minutes, we could probably get a better sense of how strong is the support for a show.

  • RyanCanada

    this is an NBC death slot, i give it a 1.9 premiere

  • BigBrotherFan

    1.4 FLOP!

  • Alex

    Except that Gossip Girl is on the CW which still gets lower ratings than NBC.

    Which is why Holly brought it up.

    If Gossip Girl with its anaemic audience is able to trend on Twitter then its difficult to point to Twitter as a successful gauge that lots of people are watching. Indeed the tiny number of people needed to make something trend on Twitter is largely why its such a useless indicator of anything. Its made worse that this tiny number of people is in no way, shape or form a broad collection of people. Twitter isn’t anywhere near as universalised as its owners, users and television executives wish it was.

  • Dan S

    I’m going to be real optimistic & predict 2.0-2.2. There’s a lot of good buzz surrounding Hannibal & has a good cast. True it’s in a troubled timeslot for NBC but look what Grimm did for them on Fridays. If the show is any good & people sample it hopefully it’ll stick around. Assuming it does well enough to bring back LEAVE it on Thur & then they just need to focus on their comedies.

  • John A

    It shouldve had the voice as a lead in. Loser Revolution had it long enough.

  • celine

    I think it might get good ratings for the first 3 episodes and then it’s gonna drop, it’s nbc after all, nobody watches it.

  • Mark

    Community – 1.2
    Parks and Recreation – 1.6
    The Office – 2.0
    Go On – 1.4
    Hannibal – 2.2

  • Penny


  • Samunto

    1.8 but i’m really really hoping it even hits a 2.0 if that’s possible. Let’s be honest, it’ll have to be a self-starter on this slot as that lead-in won’t help it. But who knows, Thursday might prove a charm for Go On.

    Been really really looking forward to this series and even the reviews are good. So i’m crossing my fingers that it suprises us all tomorrow with great ratings.

    If anything, it’ll take a bite out of Elementary and not Scandal.

  • Scaper

    Yet another serial killer series. :( I hope it gets eaten up by the competition.

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