Hannibal will return to NBC in a second season. Of the news, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke stated, “We’re so proud of Bryan [Fuller]’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.”
NBC said that the season 2 episodes will be made up of 13 episodes and will air no earlier than mid-season. This was also the case with Do No Harm’s cancelllation which resulted in Hannibal season one debuting prior to this summer.
There’s no question that Hannibal struggled in the ratings, but NBC has been in the shallow end of the pool for ratings, so Hannibal didn’t look like loss itself. Also Hannibal has been well received and tends to perform better in non-live/same day viewings with a 75% bump. It also helps that production costs favor NBC as it’s not all on them to carry the program. If It was and the show wasn’t performing as they felt it should, Hannibal would’ve probably been taken out to pasture or eventually found a hoe elsewhere as many believed would be the case.
At any rate, this is sure to be a victory for fans of Hannibal. Plus it shows smart scheduling and some investment in the program by NBC Universal in a drama that isn’t Law & Order branded or isn’t on USA. Too much praise shouldn’t be heaped on NBC however as there were elements that allowed for Hannibal to stay and not be considered something worth cutting in the immediate.