“Hannibal” Falls To Series Low In NBC Ratings


Hannibal - Season 1Forget the fact that NBC’s Hannibal was recently renewed for a Season 2 (undoubtedly because of Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen‘s stellar performances as empathetic criminal profiler and eerily composed serial killer), the show’s penultimate episode fell to a series low in viewers. Come again!?

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The Hollywood Reporter states that the episode dropped 22%, with a total of 2 million viewers and a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. The deterioration (unlike Will’s mental state) came as a surprise, especially because the show has averaged 2.35 million viewers per week. Hopefully the dip is a once-off for the grisly horror and ratings will jump again when the new season airs in 2014.

Hannibal is a new crime procedural show from Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) based off the bestselling book series by author Thomas Harris. The series, which airs Thursday nights at 10PM on NBC, tells the story of how Special Agent Will Graham first met famed psychiatrist (and famed cannibal/serial killer) Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In the series Graham (Hugh Dancy) has left police work, and is teaching a forensic psychology class at a local university when Agent Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburn) asks Graham to consult on a new rash of murders the FBI believes may be the work of a serial killer. After Graham kills a suspect in the line of duty, Crawford asks Dr. Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) for his professional opinion about Will’s mental stability. Read the entire first impression review here.