'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.

  • Alice


    is there any chance it’ll be picked up if NBC cancels it after a 2nd season? I was actually very surprised that wasn’t what happened now–and I might have preferred it, it is a better fit for cable. But the buzz will probably die down a year from now from other outlets..

  • TVDude

    I guess NBC like the consistent 1.0 rating plus the lower production cost (mostly due to the international pull). I still though it would get the can, but regardless it’s a good day for Bryan Fuller.

  • Cerebro

    Hannibal ate the cancellation bear’s liver…with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

    I’m glad to see it get another shot. I wasn’t overly impressed by the pilot, but the series has been, steadily, growing on me. The only question is where will NBC put it? Thursday is, obviously, out of the question. “Parenthood” got a full season (22 episode) renewal. If “Ironside” doesn’t last, it could work on Wednesday with “SVU” as it’s lead-in. If “Crossbones” bombs, and, as many others suggested, I think it would pair well with “Grimm” on Friday.

  • JacobYates

    Chalk up another miss for the Bear. Regardless, this is a show with potential that people will catch on to in the coming years, via Netflix, online hype, or just positive word of mouth.

  • DKD

    This is another great example of why looking only at a show’s Live + SD ratings leads to wrong conclusions about a show’s value.

    I know this site doesn’t have access to C3 ratings, but Hannibal is one of those shows whose C3 rating is higher than its Live + SD.

    And it’s the C3 that really matters. Add in the fact that VOD is included in the ratings IF the network runs the same commercials as on-air and the show’s value grows. I believe NBC either has started doing that or will in the future.

  • Bev

    Hannibal is NOT a huge success internationally.
    In UK they show it on Sky Living,which is a very small cable outlet bringing in a few thousand a night. Its not even as big as Sky 1, which is the major Sky channel, and Sky 1 itself is a fraction of the reach of even BBC2.

    They can call it what they like, its not a big pull in UK

  • Billiam

    Hmmmm… I wonder if this has anything to do with Dexter ending this summer… Could NBC be hoping that people will tune in Hannibal to get their Dexter fix after Dexter ends??

  • Alice

    @ Bev

    Sky Living is the channel where loads of American TV dramas, though? Elementary, Gray’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Criminal Minds, Bones…

  • City Kitty

    I watch this and am glad it is renewed. There are some sick writers out there, though. I thought Criminal Minds was sick but Hannibal tops that show by a mile.

  • Kat

    Yay! Whatever the reasons I’m glad this show was renewed. :-)

  • Josh

    Say want you want. The show is a massive hit in the UK. Mads was initially a bit of a let down but he gets better and better with each episode. Hope the second series cements the Lecter/Graham partnership a bit better.

  • Tina

    I really like Hannibal. It is true to the spirit of Thomas Harris’s novels and the actors are wonderful. I am not a Fishburne fan but he does a credible job here. MUCH better than he did in the original CSI. Yes, it is graphic but some scenes need to be and they don’t dwell on that. I am pleased it has been renewed for 13 episodes next season and will be watching.

  • The End

    Ratings are a funny thing. The third episode of Revolution in the UK pulled 2.12 million viewers. Beating Arrow, Elementary and The Following even.

    UK ratings are quite easy to find.

  • FLOP Detector

    1.0 AGAIN



  • lostboy

    @Dennis Envy
    You need to get a life.
    Revolution is a good show. I don’t watch Grimm but happy it was renewed for the loyal fans.
    Man what is your problem with Revolution the hate for the show is creepy.
    Do you have any friends (not the tv show).
    Do you watch television all the time. I hate to break it to u there is more to life then sitting in front of the tv/laptop.
    Why don’t u get outside and enjoy LIFE. Man it’s summertime go fishing (don’t watch Bass Masters) actually get up off your butt and live.

  • Tom

    “there is more to life then sitting in front of the tv/laptop….”

    Who appointed you this site’s lifestyle guru? Instead of condescending to other posters, try taking your own advice and find something else to do.

  • jake66

    Good. Now I can watch season one.

  • Eugene

    Just want to say thanks to NBC for sticking by what is clearly a superior program. Love to hear that there are “many more stories to tell”. This show has been a complete surprise and his quickly risen to the ranks of my favorites. Way to go NBC!

  • CCV

    Bryan Fuller announced when the first season was still in development that any successive seasons would remain 13 episodes. He said he wanted to make this show like a cable series, which allows for a greater narrative flow than having to fill in 24 or 26 episodes with pointless nonsense. The 13 ep renewal from NBC isn’t a sign of anything, other than they are following through with the plan–to this point, at least. Ironically, this might have played a big part in the renewal, aside from the critical acclaim, because they only have to pay for half the number of episodes to be produced. I’m thrilled. This the the one network drama worth watching. I’m curious to know which cable channel was considering picking it up, though. It would be work much better on FX, anyway.

  • liddad

    I was expecting a second series to be made anyway (the amount of international funding for this show was substantially larger that a lot of other internationally-funded shows). Pleasantly surprised NBC has stuck with it for another year.

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