'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.

  • michele donahoe

    Thank you so much nbc. Love this show!!!! I’M 57, my son is 37,and grandchildren old enough to watch. We all LOVE this show. We live in different parts of the country, but we catch up weekly on how we liked the previous show. Can’t wait for next season.

  • Carina


    Loved this drama, the rich psychology and depth of writing. I wasn`t too thrilled at first, but it really sucked me in. It would have been terrible if it had been cancelled. I haven`t been excited by a show in a long time, this was a welcome surprise! The acting is great, though the guy who plays Will is close to over-acting. Mads Mikkelsen won me over with his subtle and intelligent portrayal of a closeted serial killer. The rest have worked quite well too. The way we get an insight into Will`s mind, so that we can see what investigating these murders are doing to him, it`s really interesting.

    Few shows out there in TV world are unique and intelligent these days, at least they kept this one on. *very happy*

  • RSK

    Well, I’m happy about this renewal. There’s a lot of whining going on here. Life is tough.

  • Crystal

    It’s a great show….those that hate it that much probably don’t get it. It’s over their head. It comes across just like a great gory hbo or showtime hit.

  • Patty

    I love this show. It makes you think. There is nothing like this on tv. I’m so sick of these rediculious reality shows. Thank you NBC for finally giving us something that stimulates your mind. I was thrilled to find that this was renewed, while there is excellent series on paid channels . There are very few good drama’s an The three big networks. Keep us thinking. A great job to the producers and the actors. I give this five stars!!!

  • Asashii

    Thanks God, at least its not as stupid and campy as the following, that show was a big soap opera network driver pile of dung, hannibal is more like watching a good movie!!!

  • Carl

    HOLY CRAP!!! I just saw the season finale and it was deliciously dark and arrogant (not meant in a bad way). So intelligent and it doesn’t take the audience for granted! I just bought it in iTunes. And if you haven’t really haven’t given it a chance, you really should because it will totally blow your mind away!

    Nielson needs to update their system. People don’t watch tv the way they used to! They should start looking at feedback in social media, sales through amazon, iTunes, etc… Looking at trends in search engines. People are getting their entertainment from more than a single venue now.

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