'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.

  • Chris

    This is good news!

    I’ve been holding out hope for a renewal based mostly on the fact that this is the only new show NBC’s done this past season that was any good, and clinging madly to any random factoid that might suggest they’d keep it around for another season (mainly the international funding making it so cheap for them to pick up, and the fact that without critics saying nice things about Hannibal, next season NBC would only get “Why NBC Is Dying” press coverage).

  • RyanCanada

    bad move, its ratings are worse than deception

  • Alice

    deadline points out Hannibal has a large share of its 18-49 demo in high-income audiences, maybe that helps? I know that’s a large part of why they kept The West Wing on for so long (although I’m sure that had better ratings, and more critical acclaim)

  • Drew

    Excellent!!! I applaud NBC for renewing another season for show though rated has a loyal fan base.

  • BxActor

    Ahhhh great

  • The End

    @Both Revolution and Hannibal will be cancelled next year.

    Nope. Though I can imagine when either show is renewed for their third season, you’l either be nowhere to be seen, or complaining that you were wrong along with the few other people proclaiming that a show like Revolution which is getting well over 3.2 18-49 in the back half of the first season(Episode 11 got 4.0) in the Live + 7 has come back.

  • The End

    Anyway this show is clearly the surprise renewal of the season. Fringe had it before, now here’s Hannibal. Congrats.

  • NBC Fan

    It’s ratings are horrible, but I like the show so this is good news to me. Hopefully viewers will catch up over the summer.

  • Tessa

    It is confirmed then. Fandom plays a role in the renewal equation. I told myself I’ll wait to see if Hannibal, with sad ratings yet a notable online fandom (they’ve been all over tumblr lately,) gets renewed. It did so I’m making the correlation that having a strong online presence helps a show stay longer on air even if the boxes aren’t too kind to it.

  • TV Addict

    I might just have to watch this now…

  • Jason Bourne

    I never post here, but felt like this news warranted me breaking radio silence.


  • Anthony M

    charmedcraft I guess NBC realizes they have a great show on their hands. Just because brain dead Nielsen box owners don’t watch doesn’t mean there isn’t a nice audience out there for it. NBC can use more shows that the critics actually like.

  • The End

    @Just because brain dead Nielsen box owners don’t watch

    You could of just said it wasn’t people among the 20,000 or so Nielsen households that make up Americas ratings system. Would of came across as more respectful and accurate lol

  • The End

    *wasn’t popular

    Opps. Typo

  • alan

    They should cut the Blacklist to 13 eps and but Hannibal Mondays after the voice season 6 eps. Its only low rated because people dont give the show a chance. It’s actually very good.

  • Mari

    OMG!! Thank you NBC!! This show is really quality stuff!! I’m so happy!!

  • Can’t remember

    I’m amazed but happy. This really has been the best show on network television in a long while.

  • jessica

    I guess Hannibal was more than popular enough for Sony on their AXN channels that NBC couldn’t risk passing on the second season whilst most of the rest of the world got it. This delay was really never about NBC deciding so much as Sony, who isn’t bound by some American broadcasters’ upfront schedule. NBC wouldn’t renew it if Sony didn’t want it and Sony had no reason to rush a decision. To keep up the pretense of being all-American it is NBC who announces it rather than Sony. Somewhere out there is a memo or maybe even a press release announcing Sony decided to renew Hannibal.

  • Bee

    OMFG. WOW. the ratings were terrible. i guess i’ll give it a try now.

  • senor chang

    it’s going Fridays at 10PM for sure. it’s low-rated but the international deal means it’s almost a guaranteed moneymaker for NBC because they don’t have to worry about production costs.

    either way, amazing show and I’m psyched. this is the best news I’ve heard all season.

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