'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.

  • CBSviewer

    @ Bookworm

    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.

    Parenthood has a 22-episode order so Hannibal will not air on Thursday at 10. The only it airs there is if NBC keeps it for summer.
    But it will probably move to Friday at 10 or Sunday at 9 or 10 (depending on the new dramas’ ratings).

  • Dan

    Did Hannibal even crack a 2.0?

    When the Office closed with a 3.0, Hannibal got a 1.0. How does that justify renewal. I would think that NBC would cancel the series at that point.

  • Alex

    Is a 2.0 really THAT abysmal? I know it’s not great, but for a really violent show debuting on network TV midseason, it seems alright. Honestly though, I was hoping that the show would get cancelled and moved to cable,a la Southland. It would do just fine there and no one would have to cry about how it shouldn’t be on air anymore. I have no idea why ratings mean more to random people on the Internet that aren’t television executives than critical acclaim or their own personal taste.

  • Mark3

    Happy for the fans! Ive nevee seen it but will start now. God i see so much FLOP crap on here. Flopkita. Flop0210. Gotta say. ITS OLD. TIME FOR NEW MATERIAL.

  • The End

    @Carrie has been receiving 4.0 demos; Nikita 3.0 – 4.0 demos; B&B ended with four straight 5.0 demos.

    Huh? you have your numbers backwards guy.

  • millz

    I don’t know why the new owners are hating, and I guarantee lot more people watch Hannibal then that, check torrents =) and I don’t understand where you vote? This show is a show you start from the beginning because it is complex and actually is a story as well. I love this show

  • Pavelsauce

    I’m actually pretty surprised at the renewal. I didn’t watch the show, because I thought it would get canceled, but now I guess I should give it a try.

  • The End

    @and I guarantee lot more people watch Hannibal then that, check torrents =)

    Torrents are international. Networks only care about how well it rates on the Nielsen system.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Remember that Southland was renewed by NBC, but never aired its second season on broadcast television.
    And it is unfair to compared the Office finale ratings to this. It got like a 1.6 and a 1.7 out of a 1.1 and 1.2 lead in originally, which shows its audience is not reliant on how comedies do. It started a 9:15, which means only those watching the Office were likely to watch. Even Parks and Recreation (another comedy with the same creators) fell in ratings when it aired an episode starting at 8:50 after a 50 minute episode of The Office

  • lostboy

    @ Harry U watch Scandal
    . The only show that is going to get crushed is ParentTrap 1.7 and whatever CBS cop show they have waiting in the wings/ It is probably Parent Trap last season who cars about the ratings. No one bitches about TGW/The Clinton Years critical acclaimed getting renewed because AARP supports that show. Who cares Hannibal is renewed.
    Hell Yeah Hannibal Season 2 put on Sunday Nights at 10pm.
    NBC is finally looking to the future of TV

  • John A

    I watched a few eps and i lost. Ill watch it again when i have. I had a weird feeling it would be renewed. Lol Bigbrotherfan was so wrong and is too embarrased to comment just like RSH when all his CW renewels he got wrong.

  • KarenM

    @John A, it’s definitely a show that needs to be watched every week which is one of the reasons why I believe it never did well with viewers.

    CBSviewer, Sunday nights would be good but Friday? Just kill it before season two! Maybe it needs to follow The Voice but unless it gets great word of mouth or maybe wins Emmys I can’t see it ever getting good ratings.

  • The End

    @Maybe it needs to follow The Voice

    Which wouldn’t benefit it over the long term.

  • Nikolas

    This doesn’t really surprise me. The show has a large online cult following which is growing steadily, and is producing a rabid fandom similar to Supernatural and Doctor Who. The seasons (which Fuller has said will NEVER exceed 13 eps) are short, therefore quick and inexpensive to produce, making for an excellent time-filler should something bomb even harder. The critical acclaim will also bolster ratings while on hiatus. The short seasons make it easy to catch up on for people who decided to skip the first season. Instead of watching a 22 episode season of CSI, they can get they’re police procedural fix in 13 and be all caught up and ready long before the next season starts. Giving the audience time to grow on a risky, high concept show is a smart move on the part of NBC. If ratings don’t improve like NBC expects/hopes they will, the second season will be the last.

  • BTDubs

    Second season won’t be the last except maybe on NBC. This show has international success and domestic critical acclaim, and will be picked up by other sources should the ratings fall beneath that which would make NBC money.

  • The End


    Personally I think if the show can get a second season with these numbers, it’l get a third, maybe a fourth even, till the studios producing can’t afford to offer it any lower. Basically fans should stop caring how well it rates and just be happy when it’s renewed every year. Only a few trolls and self proclaimed network heads will proclaim it dead and mock it essentially. Enjoy the show for what it is.

  • BTDubs


    Oh I already love the show very much. Just responding to the people who say it will be “second season and dead.” The show will live on through other outlets even if NBC decides two years is enough.

  • senor chang

    what a lot of people seem to forget is that networks’ objective isn’t to maximize ratings. it’s to maximize profits.

  • Lena

    I’M SO HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

  • charmedcraft

    “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.”

    My point (since you clearly didn’t get it), is that CW renewed 2 of their worst rated shows just like NBC renewed 1 of it’s lowest rated shows. Of course a 1.0 is wonderful for CW, but Hannibal is on NBC, therefore a 1.0 is a very bad rating.

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