'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.

  • JoshuaCanada

    I just hope NBC moves it’s time slot so we can see how it preforms on another day.

  • Ismael

    yay! take on that haters! LOL

  • CBSviewer

    Hannibal wasn’t Renewed because of its ratings. It was Renewed because it is an International production and it is cheaper to produce. NBC earns enough money with ads and that’s important at this point.

  • Oliver

    Also, NBC renewed it because it’s a cheap international co-prouction. I’d guess they’ll air it in summer next year.

    The biggest reason for doubting was its similarity to The Blacklist.

  • SVU: Hannibal

    This show is probably soooo cheap to NBC (might be cheaper than their most expensive reality show), I mean after the office finale they only aired 1-2 national commercials and the rest (during that one commercial break) were for the local stations. If they can air one commercial break during a tv series then this show probably isn’t hurting their wallets that much.

  • Greg


    The show must be dirt cheap for NBC to renew it, but whatever, so glad it’s coming back.

    I’m betting it goes to Sundays at 10. I doubt NBC will premiere three new shows in one single night like they say they plan to do.

  • JackBAuer


    Did you even read the reviews?
    Everyone is saying how awesome the show is and that it needs to be renewed.
    Don’t talk bullsh…

    The show has critical acclaim and will only rise in the ratings.
    Shows like this (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Sons Of Anarchy) always do.

  • Alice

    I’m a little surprised anyone feels justified in calling it “the worst show on TV”–taste is subjective, but typically worst shows on TV don’t get such good critical reception (which has admittedly been exaggerated in most of the pro-renew talk going around these past few weeks), nor have Cannes-winning actors in them…

    I’m happy, but somewhat disappointed. I was hoping it would just go to cable, where it could live out the quiet remainder of its seasons. NBC may very well just cancel it after the second season.

    I’m not hugely surprised they kept it though, it is doing better than NBC has in its slot in a while.

    comparing it to Nikita ratings is a little harsh I think haha

  • TheFrenchGuy

    @ JoshuaCanada

    It will not air on Thursday at 10 next season because Parenthood is moving there next season. If Hannibal premieres mid-season it will be to replace a flop (maybe on Sunday) but if it airs during summer, thursday is not impossible.

  • hello

    If i am not mistaken NBC doesn’t really pay that much for this show, the money comes from foreign investors

  • Dan

    NBC should have cancelled this. Its not about the show which is good but a 1.0 isnt going to cut it, NBC would have had better luck with new dramas.

    Hannibal will be next years Smash.

  • lostboy

    GREAT NEWS. NBC you are a winner.

  • harry

    Yes NBC u re such a winner leave it in same timeslot , so Scandal can crush it next year and hit 4.0 at ease.

  • DSC

    @Jack Bauer

    All of those shows you mentioned have higher ratings then Hannibal on cable. sone of them, like GoT significantly higher.

  • Alan

    I’m so excited! :D This show deserves renewal!

  • FLOP Detector

    Which one of the shows with H will have the best ratings next season?

    Hart of Dixie or Hannibal?

    I bet ashton kutcher’s sallary on the first one.

  • Jelly86

    Both Revolution and Hannibal will be cancelled next year. If NBC didn’t have Sunday Night Football they would be at the CW level.

  • JackBAuer


    You really are stupid, aren’t you?
    You think these shows had those ratings over night?
    They needed SEASONS to get there. That’s my whole point.

  • Penny


    Also F-U @Big BrotherFan.

  • Dan S

    I could see NBC putting Hannibal on Wed after SVU. I think the reboot of Ironside will fail miserably. Fridays at 10pm is already taken by Dracula & Crossbones so it’s not likely to end up there. I have to admit I didn’t think Hannibal would come back so low in both demo & viewership. Hopefully it’ll do better in it’s 2nd season.

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