'Hannibal' Renewed for 13-Episode Second Season

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May 30th, 2013


via 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 Hitfix.com 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.

  • John Walsh

    Another Surprise!

  • charmedcraft

    Wow, and people were cursing CW for renewing Nikita and Carrie Diaries with their sorry ratings; NBC is just as bad.

  • JaredK

    Hell Yes.

    Hannibal has been the most pleasant surprise of the TV season for me by a wide margin. It’s been dark and extremely violent, but I like that in a show if it’s done well – and this show has done it very well. More importantly, it’s been smart, emotionally honest with respect to its characters, and willing to explore the consequences of the violent acts in rich detail. And the performances have been excellent. Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen probably won’t get much if any Emmy attention, but they absolutely should. Laurence Fishburne, Caroline Dhavernas, and Kacey Rohl have all been very strong too in supporting roles, and every week, the show has some great new guest star.

    Believe me when I say that I had absolutely NO interest in this show when it was first announced and in the weeks leading up to its premiere, even though Bryan Fuller was attached. I thought that at best it was going to be a boilerplate serial killer show like Criminal Minds, trading off a famous brand name to draw a few extra eyeballs. At worst, I thought it was going to end up being derivative crap like The Following has turned out to be. Quite frankly, I thought that it was impossible that the show had any potential to explore interesting ideas when shackled with the constraints of airing on a broadcast network. But after several critics I respect raved about how surprisingly good it was, I decided to give the premiere a look – and I’m very glad that I did. It’s been GREAT, and I’m very much looking forward to Season 2.

  • FLOP Detector

    Flopbal, it will be a CW-level audience in season 2.

    Could be this show the new Flopringe/FlopChuck/Flopkita? (Flops with a diehard fanbase)

  • Hardline_Pro

    Hey haters, eat it. ;)

  • CBSviewer

    Yes !!! I can’t believe it. NBC is not as stupid as I thought. They realized they need it in case of flop. The Show has a loyal fanbase and it deserves Renewal. 13 episodes is a good number, full season is too much for a Show like that (look at The Following).

  • ViolaDeWynter

    Why in the hell would NBC do that? Hannibal sucks, it’s one of the worst shows on television and the ratings are terrible. Such a fail show, it’s gonna get canned after the 2nd season.

    The Following on the other hand is a huge hit and BEST SHOW EVER!

  • Haters

    hahahaha, haters!

    The show will be a hit in the coming years.
    Anyone who thinks the audience won’t grow is just stupid.

  • Caden

    Since they obviously didn’t renew it due to ratings – is it because of the critics?

  • Joe Smith

    if shows like this can’t exist then what’s the point of TV

    screw ratings

  • Eric



  • were123

    I haven’t watched yet, but I’m really pleased to know there will be a second season! Fingers crossed so this can be the Bryan Fuller show that makes it to the third season!

  • SVU: Hannibal

    I wonder if KSL Salt Lake is panicking, now they have to do 13 more of those news specials before their local news whenever Hannibal airs.

    Also, I only see 3 possible timeslots for Season 2.
    1. Sundays @ 10 after Crisis (when Believe is sent to either Tuesdays or Wed after SVU)
    2. Fridays either after Crossbones fails.
    3. sometime next Summer if they don’t have any midseason flame outs.

  • Hardline_Pro

    @CBSviewer – The Following only had 15 episodes, and it did great.

  • nope

    Best crafted show on television. the only thing I haven’t liked so far was the totem pole of bodies, too over the top, and impossible to pull off (especially when the killer is revealed)

    still, best show on network right now, and I’m very happy it got renewed.

    also, if anyone here remembers and was a fan of the show Dead Like Me, Ellen Muth is guesting in an episode of Hannibal 2 weeks from now.

  • Oliver

    Suck it, BigBrotherFan.

  • oodlesofnoodles

    “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.”

    Translation: we don’t have a lot of confidence in our pilots for next year, so after reviewing all possible options we’ve decided that we’d rather take a financial hit by keeping Hannibal on as schedule spackle rather than having to cancel two or three shows in the fall and having nothing slated to fill the gap.

    To be clear, I’m not ragging on Hannibal. I’ve just done this rodeo often enough to recognize network exec razzle dazzle when I see it.

  • harry

    a show with 1.0 ratings , that coudlnt rise even when following a 3.0 of the office gets renewed and Go on with a 2.0 season average gets cancelled…

  • Lisa

    I think NBC gets the show for cheap, which would explain the renewal of a series with such horrid numbers. IMO, it’s a mistake. They need to dump their ratings losers, not carry them around. As for an above comment that Hannibal has a “loyal fanbase,” so what? Every show does, and this “loyal fanbase” of Hannibal’s is tiny.

  • DSC

    and here I thought this was going to be the turning year for NBC. that surely won’t be done by their consistent renewal of these low rated dramas. this doesn’t even have the fandom behind it, or the acclaim to justify it. it’s a second series of 13 to save face, so is it NBC’s Touch? didn’t people learn anything from that? or even body of proof, or lie to me, or human target? they’ll end up canceling it next season, and all they have accomplished is to spend whatever those 13 hours cost them.

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