'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.

  • ERICinHB

    Clearly the biggist Flop is FLOP Detector

  • stevenD


    I imagine this show is really cheap with the international production. Plus, there could be hope of netflix viewing ovr the summer since it has highly positive reviews. This is my favorite drama of the year, so ‘m pretty happy with this and NBC.

    I think it could go on Sunday or Wednesday. Iron side is most likely going to fail (unless its a chicago fire type situation) so it could go Wednesday at 10, or SVU could bump up to 10 and Believe/Crisis can go to Wednesday with Hannibal on Sunday

  • Nick

    Ok, as long as it goes to the summer or late fall. Premiering it in the spring be a waste of the post-Olympic halo. Maybe as a quick fill-in after something bombs? Say, Ironside bombs. Hannibal fills in, premieres Oct 23, and runs straight through, except for Christmas & New Years. It will end Jan 29 (which I believe is the last day before Feb sweeps). That will fill in a slot and help NBC bridge the gap between the fall & the Olympics.

    Now, where is the news for Betty White’s Off Their Rockers? C’mon I want to know already.

  • Tom Shaw

    It’s mildly unexpected, but the ratings (at that cost) are fine for summer/emergency programming.

    I don’t see NBC needing it until April or later, again. (Even if Ironside fizzles, and Revolution gets burned off on Saturdays, they have Chicago Police, Night Shift, and if they had to, could fire up Celebrity Apprentice and move those Sunday shows to the rest of the week.)

  • joel

    I guess they figure it can backfill for Dracula Friday nights at 10 pm.

  • Ricardo

    Fantastic show.

    It might even grow Fridays @10 after Grimm.

  • Dan

    Hannibal is basically the next Touch & Smash, maybe to some extent Body of Proof. It will be dead by May 2014.

    Its been a few weeks but its still hard to believe that Go On is cancelled.

  • Jacobo

    “Through its eight original telecasts to date, “Hannibal” is averaging a 2.0 rating” What?

  • Luke

    Woohoo, now I will finally check out this show know that there are more episodes coming next year.

  • Phil

    Basically its dead after this second season.

  • Jorge

    I read that this show is made on the cheaps, so I’m glad they renewed it. I really like it.

  • Jacobo

    I can’t see the show going lower than it already is. It has a established fanbase that has nothing to do with the lead-ins. So if it is in a better timeslot that can only mean good news.

  • Bookworm

    It is a great show but I’m sad that it will only have 13 episodes next season and I’m pretty sure it will be a mid-season replacement. I just hope they don’t place it in the 10pm time slot on Thursdays after Parenthood ends–Scandal and Elementary will slaughter it again.

    I don’t think it was worth 13 episodes for a second season, they should have just given it the full order or shipped it to Netflix or someone. The ratings are already low and with this order, it doesn’t give it much hope to get better.

  • M

    Thank You!!!

    Best show on Broadcast TV

  • KarenM

    NBC knows quality and wised up! What else does it have going for it other than that crap The Voice?

  • Karen W.


  • KarenM

    Now I’m waiting for the Emmy nominations it so justly deserves…

  • Rob.Driscol

    I don’t care what the reasons for the renewal are, I’m just happy it got renewed!

  • rob60990

    I’m glad, not because I watched, because this makes Big Brother Fan look like a moron. :D

  • Tom

    @ Charmedcraft

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

    Hannibal closed out at a 1.0 demo. Not great for NBC. However, that about the same as Arrow. So, Hannibal would be a comparative hit on the CW. Carrie has been receiving 4.0 demos; Nikita 3.0 – 4.0 demos; B&B ended with four straight 5.0 demos. I agree that renewing Hannibal is odd. However, it’s a rare occurrence for NBC to renew a show that’s this low rated. In contrast, four of next season’s ten CW primetime programs are routinely rated at 5.0 or less. So, get your facts straight and stop exaggerating.

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