[TV] “Hannibal” Gaining Steam, Finally…

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NBC’s “Hannibal” is absolutely badass, and you should be watching it. The first week wasn’t encouraging; it didn’t help that the show was pushed behind NBC’s terrible Thursday night comedy entourage. Still, strong word of mouth appears to be helping this insanely expensive new series.

One week after opening to decent numbers, NBC drama “Hannibal” held up well in its second outing Thursday — opposite repeats on the competition — and continues to look better than other recent shows to air in the night’s closing hour for the Peacock, states Variety.

According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Hannibal” averaged a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, topping in demos the encores of both CBS’ “Elementary” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “Scandal” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall). The new Bryan Fuller-created drama matched its week-ago averages and grew from its first half-hour to its second (1.6 to 1.7). And since these prelim “Hannibal” numbers include a 1-minute runover from low-rated comedy “Go On,” the drama’s demo score could round up to a 1.7 in the nationals.

Starring Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Caroline Dhavernas, the insanely violent series explores the early relationship between the renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young FBI criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers.

 
  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    the first episode was kinda disappointing to me but the second episode really got me interested. hopefully it keeps building up with each episode like it seems to be doing so far.

  • Feydakin

    “Finally”, really? I realize that TV shows can live or die by the antiquated dinosaur that is the Nielsen ratings system, but ffs it’s had exactly two episodes air so far… can we not perpetuate that stupid system by giving it so much credit in press? I personally was drawn into the show immediately and was not really disappointed with the pilot at all.

  • HorrorFancy

    I enjoyed the first as well — I hope this one has a good many seasons run.

  • Samhain2010

    I also have been pleasantly surprised by the show. This is one show I actually hope sticks around. Its good to know that they have a good grasp on the length of the series and each step in its evolution. Mads Mikklesen has been really impressive. I hope they move away from the crime procedural format in the next season or so. A killer a week is a little much in my opinion.

  • djblack1313

    i really like the show’s first 2 eps. Mads is (no pun) insanely HOT as Hannibal. he & Hugh are fantastic actors. since i like this show and the fact it’s on NBC means it will be canceled in about 4 eps time. lol.