'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.

  • Lizabeth

    I am soooooo happy about this! Hannibal is amazing! Yes, the show is dark and violent, but there is subtly wicked humor and some brilliant stories. I am so glad I’ll get to see another season of this creative show.

  • Haters!

    Yeah, sure. You haters now saying that it will be cancelled next season. Hah.


  • v

    NBC could always air this for bombed fall show/late season/early summer.

    If we’ve learned one thing this season, the networks are ordering more shows, and worrying about schedule later.

    Outside of Fishbourne cast is cheap and some many companies producing, it would get picked up in a second on cable network.

  • YesImaPenguin

    I will never understand how a hater’s pea-brain works. They keep on bi*chin about how it flopped on ratings like it’s the only thing that determines a show’s quality. Take TBBT as an example. It’s always on the lead yet it’s just as horrible as the last 2 seasons. Dumb genereation

  • lostboy

    @ Tom
    No one appointed me lifestyle guru. I made a suggestion, if I offended any posters on this site that was not my attention just Dennis. I will apologize to any person I offended that includes you, my comment was meant for the very bitter, hater of any show that is renewed that Dennis believes is a failure.

    I did take my own advice. I went boating and fishing tonight, if you really care.

    My comment was meant for Dennis, not you or any other poster. Maybe you might want to read some of @ Dennis post’s which are rude, hateful and condescending. I did take it upon myself to speak to Dennis directly not you Tom
    .I appreciate the advice and feedback. You have a good life.
    @Tom please before you post a comment check out all the post’s on this website.

  • 9to5

    has a point. I have been on this site and lostboy never strikes me as being condescending, other than to Dennis he hates every show and is pretty opinionated. I don’t think lostboy is criticizing this site.

  • sofaspud

    Personally couldn’t watch it any more after giving it a 3-4 episode try, and rather surprised it got renewed with those numbers, but hey, it’s NBC. What else have they got? Their other new hits, “Chicago Hope” and “Revolution” are already slipping into the danger zone.

    Happy for the fans, they may be small in number but very loyal and invested.

  • Wright


  • lostboy

    No disrespect but NBC has a danger Zone for ratings. 1.9/2.0 is actually not bad for a 10 pm scripted show, going up against already established show’s on a Monday Night. Hannibal renewal considering it’s ratings is why eventually NBC will be Must See Tv again in a few years, because cbs and abc other a handful of show mainly CBS is having rating problems of their own.
    Go Hannibal
    and Revolution S2
    To all the haters laughs on you.
    Eat it and suck it up . All your hater’s and disdain for both shows are renewed.

  • jessica


    They did although NBC’s exposure on The Firm was much bigger because the episode order was much larger. Most internationally broadcasters aren’t in the business of ordering 20+ episode seasons so NBC had to cover more of the production costs than they have with Hannibal.

    Perhaps you forget the chronology but Sony commissioned a 22 episode season of The Firm to be made by E1 and Shaw and only MUCH LATER did NBC actually pick it up for US broadcast. Considering most American media treated it as an NBC original series rather than a ‘cheap Canadian import’ i suppose you could be forgiven just this once.

    Also, Alex, The Firm was doing very well in Canada until the idiots decided to maintain the simulcast at the expense of good ratings and moved the show to Saturdays like NBC had done. But before they did that they relied on the American media for promotion of the show and American media said the show had been moved to Saturdays but for a few weeks it was still on Thursdays in Canada. That took a huge cut out of the ratings and served as justification for relegation to Saturdays. They put the carriage before the horse and it wouldn’t move so they deemed it a faulty carriage. If they had only put out a commercial saying ‘The Firm is still on Thursdays, only on Global’ the numbers probably would have gone up rather than down. They sunk their own battleship. Intentionally.

    The UK isn’t the big consideration. Look at the broadcast schedule on Sky Living; it is more than a month behind Canada, which is a day ahead of the US. Sony’s AXN channels cover something over 120 different markets and even with subtitling it still goes out to most of the planet weeks before Sky Living shows the episode.

  • Jon

    This show is what it is. You are either going to be interested in the content or not. It’s not a mass appeal type of show. People throughout this thread talking about the show growing. Growing from what? Are people going to all of a sudden flock to this show? Quite frankly I’m surprised there are even 2.5 million people still hanging around for it. That being said, I do believe there is probably a market for the show, but I think it is online. I think in the coming years you will see more networks like netflix pop up online and better utilize these niche shows. While Hannibal is not a terrible show, it just doesn’t grab my interest, and I think part of the reason is I’m bored with Fishburne as an actor.

  • Taylor

    Great! Awesome! Thank you, NBC!

  • bob

    i have to watch this show now when its renewed, mads mikkelsen is awesome:)

  • John Thomas

    I’m not sure about the ratings but I am sure that this is a great show. I don’t ever get hooked on a series but I can not go a week without watching Hannibal. I’m thrilled to hear this news

  • Tianyi Li

    For most TV shows on main stream TV networks, ratings and viewership tend to drop season after season, only a small number of shows such as TBBT or NCIS are able to improve the ratings and viewership from time to time
    Yes, on cable channels, many shows do gain viewers as they proceed, but I don’t see that happen a lot on main stream TV networks and the decision making for cable channels is after all different from main stream TV networks.
    BTW, the successful shows you listed all airs on cable networks

  • Kruguitar

    I am a huge fan of the books and movies. The series is a bit different than I expected but I still enjoy watching. I look so forward to Hannibal being more of the central serial killer each week. This series has helped fill in the gap between Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon. For a true fan like me, I can’t lose. I know some do not like the series but there is an option for them, change the channel.

  • roly

    I like the show,wondering
    why it wasn,t cancelled.

  • lostboy

    On a serious note my heart and prayers goes out to Jean Stapleton family and fans.

    My Mother watched that show faithfully on CBS it was one of her favorite shows. All In The Family was break through hit. That show changed a lot of perspective for that decade.
    CBS was brave, when it was word of mouth that really brought the television series, very low rated ,and a ton of controversy. I give CBS credit for renewing the show when most networks would have never aired or renewed the show.
    Edith Bunker was probably the Most Valuable Player for the show.
    Just as Larry Hagman who passed away, Dallas probably would not have been the iconic show such as All In The Family.
    I sometimes forget we need these shows at critical times in our life to makes us laugh or just escape from are problems, and just forget the outside world and get lost into another dimension.

  • Frank

    All of you Hannibal haters need to get a clue! HANNIBAL is an AWESOME show that would absolutely thrive on a different network like HBO, STARZ, or SHOWTIME. The reason it’s rating are so low is because NBC has not fully embraced it. The fact that they even had to think twice about renewing it shows just how little the appreciate it. And if they’re not 100% committed to it than they are not going to promote it the way it needs to be promoted. Just look at their still photo promos for the show, absolutely pathetic! It looks like a “Night Court or Cheers” reunion special. Look at promos for DEXTER or TRUE BLOOD, now those grab you by the balls and say “hey, look at me”. I haven’t even seen a commercial or print ad for Hannibal anywhere. I only found out about it by word of mouth (from that loyal fan base – that I’m now proudly a member of). I could go on for days about how NBC mis-managed Hannibal but I shant. Just know this, Hannibal is hands down the best show on non-cable TV at the moment and DEFINITELY deserves a second, if not a dozen more seasons. The fact that it has such an avid following and even the current viewership that it does is a testament to that fact because it was able to pull that off despite NBC’s lack of support and promotion.

  • Alan 59

    The most recent episode of “Hannibal” earned a 1.0 in the 18-49 demo. It was beaten soundly by both an “Elementary” repeat and a new “Rookie Blue.”

    There must be Twitter feeds that have that many young adult followers. Why not offer them a thirteen episode order? It seems that it would be cheaper, and since NBC doesn’t have a definable programming strategy, maybe the absence of picture is the sort of bold, innovative programming that they should be looking for. Just a modest proposal…

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