HANNIBAL Renewed by NBC for Season 3

     May 9, 2014


Fannibals rejoice!  Creator Bryan Fuller’s twisted, hypnotic drama series Hannibal will return for a third season, TV Line has confirmed.  Though the show has a passionate fanbase and is a critical success, ratings for the horror drama have been incredibly low thanks to NBC burying the series on Friday nights.  That said, it ranks as the youngest 10pm drama on ABC, CBS, or NBC, making its audience an important draw for advertisers. I just hope the network can find a better timeslot home for the show next year, since this whole Friday business makes little sense for this kind of series.

Mads Mikkelsen does excellent work week-to-week as the titular Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and the show stands as the most gorgeously shot (and visually driven) show currently on television.  Hit the jump for more, including Fuller’s overall plan for the series.

hannibal-season-3-mads-mikkelsen-hugh-dancyAs Fuller recently told us, the series’ literary nature is not for everyone, but he’s truly carved out a unique take on the material that’s unlike anything else on TV right now—especially on network television.  It will always be a niche series, but it can certainly do better ratings-wise than it has been performing on Friday nights.  It’s encouraging to see NBC feeling confident enough to renew it for a third season, and I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing where Fuller takes the show from here.

Fuller has made no secret of the fact that he has the entire series loosely mapped out, and he’s previously confirmed that he intends to tackle the Red Dragon storyline in the fourth season, so here’s hoping the audience improves a tad next year.  For now, though, Fannibals can rest easy knowing that Hugh Dancy’s twitchiness will grace our television screens for another year.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    This may sound weird, but I actually kind of like it on Fridays. It’s a bit of a programming graveyard, but that’s appropriate for a macabre show. Also, it can’t lose because it’s not competing against anything. The show is too weird to really be a ratings success on any other night, so if they stick with it on Fridays and the ratings remain steady, I think that qualifies as a success. It’s also encouraging that season 2 had the same ratings as season 1, and NBC thought that was good enough (at least for the time being).

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      I am actually with you there Matt, X-Files started as a Friday night “Monster” show and it was great – I could stay up late when I was a kid and watch it, when it moved to Sundays – it was a school night and I couldn’t stay up until 9:00 for it to start so I didn’t see the last seasons until DVD – NBC just needs to promote the hell out of the idea that it’s a good reason to stay in on a Friday night

    • Kyle Chandler

      I gotta say, watching it saturday morning / afternoon on Hulu has become a bit of a ritual, so I’m fine leaving it on friday even if ratings (and more importantly, the expectation for ratings) continues to stay low.

    • Adam Chitwood

      It just seems like it would at least have a shot on a a weeknight (not Thursday). It’s a young-skewing show and most in the key demo aren’t staying home on Friday nights to watch TV, they catch it on DVR or online over the weekend. If it aired on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, it might actually have a chance at catching some live viewers.

      If low but steady numbers on Fridays are enough to keep it viable, then that’s fine, it just feels like trying it out on a night of the week where the majority of young viewers aren’t out would guarantee at least a slight bump.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        You’re more optimistic about mainstream viewing habits than I, although you would certainly know better considering you do the TV ratings articles. I just think that a weird, gory show would have trouble finding an audience on any night.

  • doctor_robot

    hellz ya!!!

  • Lucas Accardo

    Happy here.

  • Bhammer100

    Very Happy!!

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  • Royale With Cheese

    Yeahhhhhh!! Quality wins out for once!!

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  • Greg Mauer

    Friday is a good night for it. Thanks for keeping it on NBC!

  • LEM

    Excellent (with the Mr.Burns finger pyramid of evil contemplation)

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  • MJ

    Conclusion: Young people like to watch serial killers and cannibalism.

    Isn’t that just great!

    • ʝoe ßloggs

      And zombies. Don’t forget zombies.

  • Steven

    Awesome, some justice in Tv land at last,

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