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.