[TV] Despite Low Ratings, “Hannibal” Won’t Die

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Nobody can stop Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

One of the worst things that happens is when you become hooked to a show and it gets canceled.

It’s no secret that the Bryan Fuller-produced NBC series “Hannibal” is crazy expensive, and the ratings aren’t tremendous by any means. This has me insanely nervous that Season 2 will be the end of Will Graham’s bizarre journey. The show is awesome.

As grim as it looks here in the States, we don’t know what other deals NBC has in place internationally, which could change the course of the series’ future. Thankfully, it sounds like there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

Bryan Fuller has revealed to Digital Spy that he is “very confident” that Hannibal will be renewed for a third season.

I hear very positive things,” Fuller told the site. “All of the creatives at NBC are so supportive of the show and want it back, and the schedules and salespeople are like, ‘It’s a new show, get rid of it’. We are banking on the creative people winning out over the salespeople.

The ratings are not anything to jump up and down about, but the critical acclaim is great, and we’re sort of a prestige project for the network, so we’re hoping that’s enough, like it was last year. There have been indications that it will be.

Fuller also revealed that he and his co-producers have considered alternative options for producing the third season, should NBC fail to renew the show.

The confidence hasn’t stopped us from seeking out backup plans that would get us a third season one way or another. There are many more options than there have been in the past. So I feel very confident about a season three.

We end season two in such a strange way – boy, I would be pissed [if that were the end]! We don’t quite land the plane, we leave the plane in the air.

Says the site, NBC will announce its 2014-2015 slate and any cancellations at the New York upfronts on May 12.

I think this sums it up…

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  • Jason Bartlett

    This show is pretty damn awesome. I’d hate to see it canceled.

  • Cichy

    Show is amazing. I think the only reason for low rating is that they put it in the worst time slot possible

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

    • justified_jake

      Great point. The show is actually getting great ratings considering it has been scheduled in the Friday Night “Death Slot” the whole time. I’m a huge fan, yet I almost always record it and watch over the weekend.

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    One of the best shows on television right now.

    • M M

      Amen to that. We need more shows like this and I really hope this one moves on to a third season.

  • Nikkigfunky

    I love this show! I tell everyone I know all about it. People should get off the Walking Dead wagon, and hop on Hannibal’s!!

    • AlanMorlock

      I’ve seen a lot of people who would be perfectly willing to hop on Mads Mikkelson.

      • J Jett

        AlanMorlock, LOL. i am one of them! my God, Mads is sexy as fuck!

  • Chamber

    I really wish this show was on a Cable network that can give it the respect it deserves, with an audience that appreciates the incredible work that goes into it. Some of my favorite shows right now are on basic networks that I wouldn’t even watch anything on otherwise, and in all honesty, this show belongs in a real network like HBO, Showtime, or AMC that has an audience made up of more than conservatives and families.

    • AlanMorlock

      Well that’s what’s goofy about it. Presumably anyone that has basic cable would also have access to network to TV.

  • Trioxin83

    I absolutely love this show and hope it goes on!

  • Stitch_101

    “It’s no secret that the Bryan Fuller-produced NBC series “Hannibal” is crazy expensive”

    Ummm… I was under the impression that Hannibal was one of NBC’s least expensive shows, due heavily in part that it is a co-production with international companies, and that the show has performed well in other territories. In fact, I even remember reading an article recently that Fuller did where he talked about the budget and stated that the show is made on a far smaller budget then most people realize.

    • J Jett

      Stitch_101, you are correct. most of the cost of the show NBC doesn’t even pay for.

    • giantslor

      I was just about to make a similar comment. I read a lot of articles about Hannibal, and it’s widely reported that Hannibal is actually crazy cheap. This is the second article I’ve read where some writer assumes the show is expensive.

  • http://Voorhees83 Voorhees83

    According to IGN, the ratings are higher then Game of Thrones.

    • Jason Bartlett

      Not every one has HBO. But almost everyone has NBC. That’s why.

  • http://Voorhees83 Voorhees83

    How about some coverage on the “From Dusk Til Dawn” show? Believe it or not, it’s actually pretty damn good. I wasn’t expecting to like it at all. Each episode gets better and better.

    Sorry, but I had nowhere else to bring up this topic.

    • ThunderDragoon

      THIS! Everybody is either ranting and raving about Hannibal, Bates Motel, or The Walking Dead. We need some From Dusk Till Dawn love up in here. :D

      • Full Frontal Squashing

        Yawn

  • luna13darke

    Hannibal is a stunning art piece. It is brilliantly nuanced. It is so good that from the first episode I was convinced it wouldn’t last past one season. I am probably going to get some negative feeling from this next comment but you have to be intelligent to appreciate the brilliance of Hannibal. It is so much more than a horror series. It is challenging in so many ways. It is the best tv since Twin Peaks and American Gothic. In my most humble tv snob opinion….

    • giantslor

      This show definitely appeals to intelligent people… which explains its low ratings.

      • Full Frontal Squashing

        That is stupid to say

        • giantslor

          I’m saying this show is too intelligent for the vast majority of people.

  • J Jett

    this is my favorite show on tv and it’s one of the best shows NBC has EVER aired EVER.

  • joelwaters

    next to the Walking Dead,this is the second best show on tv

    • Bhammer100

      Hannibal and Fargo are two of the best shows on TV. I don’t want to mention Walking Dead.

  • carlos.filipe

    This is really a rare. A show that as everyone on the same side, how great is that? Hannibal is the most beautifully amazing show in every front, is stunning for the eyes and for the ears, be that what they say or the disturbing soundtrack. I also don’t believe that is going away that easy. Is just too dam good.

  • scors54

    According to what I’ve read, a lot of the financing for Hannibal is foreign, so it actually costs NBC very little-they only pay a small co-production fee.

  • cynicalwilliam

    It’s the best program ever aired on broadcast television by leaps and bounds.
    I honestly don’t believe anything has ever come close.

  • Michael Rotondo

    cancel it ? i love this show i have been watching criminal minds since season 1 and i was hooked an hannibal since the fist episode…..this can’t happen….!!!!