HANNIBAL Renewed For A Second Season; NBC Gives Stylish Drama 13 More Episodes

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Hannibal fans, our time has come: after a cruelly long wait, NBC finally gave official word that their exceptional drama will return for 13 episodes next year.  However, the second season will not air before midseason (showing further signs of hesitation? Or just the realities of filming schedules?)

The Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) helmed series has gotten a decent push from the network during its freshman season, but has been up against veteran Thursday night anchors like Scandal, as well as popular new series like Elementary, potentially diminishing viewing numbers that might otherwise be robust.  Hit the jump for more about the ratings, and NBC’s commitment to the series.  Hannibal stars Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelson, Caroline Dhavernas and Laurence Fishburne.

NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said of Hannibal,

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told.”

Hannibal‘s numbers aren’t great for a broadcast drama, but it does skew towards a desirable younger age range (relatively speaking; the median age being 45.7 … which in broadcast terms is apparently spry).  It also attracts, apparently, a wealthy audience (of foodies?), another key demographic for advertisers.

Bottom line, I’m ecstatic that NBC wised-up and gave the drama another season.  Don’t stop campaigning, though!  And if you haven’t started watching, get on it.  It’s one of the best, most stunningly filmed (though not for the weak-stomached) works this year.

Hannibal airs Thursday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC




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  • PolakNarodowiec

    GREAT NEWS!!!

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  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Yes!!!!

  • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

    Yes!!!!

  • tertiaryintervention

    Best news ever!!!

  • tertiaryintervention

    Best news ever!!!

  • BrostavoFring

    Incredibly happy about this, more sexy Mads Mikkelsen for everyone!

  • BrostavoFring

    Incredibly happy about this, more sexy Mads Mikkelsen for everyone!

  • 97point6

    Can’t believe the quality of this show. Good for NBC. Thirteen more ‘hours’ of bliss.

  • 97point6

    Can’t believe the quality of this show. Good for NBC. Thirteen more ‘hours’ of bliss.

  • peter

    YES YES YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSS!! FINALLY A NETWORK WISE ENOUGH TO RENEW THEIR BEST SHOW

    • Jake

      Wow this is such awesome news! I love this show so much, and still maintain it is the single
      best horror program to ever grace the television. I work at DISH and got the news via Twitter through a coworker of
      mine that’s also a huge fan of the show. I’m so glad I decided to save all of
      season one on my DVR! I have a Hopper by
      DISH, and with 2000 hours of recording space there’s more than enough room
      for all of this season, and all my other shows, too!

      • Lex Walker

        Did you just do a shameless plug for DISH in a comments section? I really hope this is your job or it’s just sad.

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  • JGAZM

    Very good show, but Mr. Fishbourne’s character is not very likable. Also, another minor point is, the unit he runs seems basically composed of Will and himself, with a bunch of other faceless, superfluous agents that never contribute and just hang around waiting to look perplexed at Will’s every utterance. You have to wonder how these folks got a job. True, this is show is not a team show, like Criminal Minds or the CSIs, but still, the should at least try to make them look useful, maybe solve something every now and then.
    Mr. Mikkelsen, on the other hand, is a joy to watch. And I just love his clothes! I would kill for those ties.

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