Just as I decide I will begin covering “Hannibal” on a weekly basis NBC goes and cancels the show, three episodes into its third season. Ratings dipped from the season’s premiere and continued through last Thursday, which drew 1.8 million viewers.
The third season will play out as planned with thirteen episodes (ending September 3), but after that series creator Bryan Fuller does suggest in a statement via Buzzfeed they will hope to find another home:
“NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
“Hannibal” was relatively inexpensive for NBC thanks to international sales and an on demand deal, but it would appear, in the end, it just wasn’t enough.
Fuller, however, does hit the nail on the head. It’s almost amazing this show ever made it to network television and NBC should be at least commended for sticking with it even as some affiliates around the country refused to air it as early as the first season. It’s unfortunate it ended up cancelled, but boy would it be great if someone like Netflix, Amazon or Hulu stepped in to keep it alive. Honestly, I even expect it to happen as the show does make international distributor Gaumont a good amount of money overseas and it only seems logical they’ll keep it alive despite the current cancellation stateside.