NBC renews 'Hannibal' for second season

NBC has renewed its serial killer drama Hannibal for a second season.

Its first season, which is currently airing on the network, has been turning heads -- and stomachs -- with its graphic content. It is, after all, a series about a cannibalistic killer who lives a double life as a forensic psychologist.

Perhaps due to its late spring premiere, Hannibal has received middling ratings, with recent episodes averaging only 2.6 million viewers. The show was so on the bubble that NBC didn't make the decision to renew the series until after upfronts were over.

But, it seems, we're promised another season of Hannibal now, which will premiere "no earlier than midseason" 2014. NBC likely will schedule the premiere earlier than April, which was when this season premiered. 

Season 2 will, like the first season, only consist of thirteen episodes. It's rather rare for a network series to have such an abbreviated yearly run (most shows get between 22-24 episodes a year) -- which means that NBC is holding as a serious contender against cable fare (which also air shorter seasons).

What do you think? Are you excited for Hannibal's renewal? Will you start watching now that the show is guaranteed for a second year?

Hannibal's next episode, "Buffet Froid," airs tonight, May 30, on NBC.

- Hannibal
- Mads Mikkelsen

Written by: mcpherson
May 30th, 2013, 5:31 pm

Images courtesy of NBC


Message Posted On Jun 6th, 2013, 2:13 am
very surprised as the series is crap,its like watching come dine with me.

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Message Posted On Jun 1st, 2013, 2:15 pm

Happy with this. Would be happier tho if it was picked up by any of the following instead of NBC: Showtime, HBO, AMC, FX


Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 4:24 am
I'm happy as long as they don't pull episodes because someone farts in the real world. People know it is recording and that it is fantasy. Please, don't let the nutcases out there win.

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Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 3:54 am

Happy with this, as long as NBC lets it do it's thing


Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 3:02 am
great! so good

Message Posted On May 31st, 2013, 12:09 am
Start? I haven't stopped. I did not expect this rehashing to be worth a damn, but they truly pushed the envelope of what could be done on normal TV, and I love the show for it. Very graphic, as a story like this should be.

Message Posted On May 30th, 2013, 11:54 pm
Consider me surprised. NBC, for once, is showing b.... has the stomach (yes, yes, very much intended) to actually order a second season despite it's content and not so great ratings. American television never ceases to amaze me :) Now, what are the chances of season 2 beeing very much watered down to appeal to a broader audience that is more aligned with NBC's target demographic ?

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Message Posted On May 30th, 2013, 11:06 pm

I have my fork out, chomping at the bit :)


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Message Posted On May 30th, 2013, 8:03 pm


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