‘Hannibal’ Season 2 Announced

It was a real nail-biter there for awhile for fans of the mid-season thriller Hannibal, but good news has arrived. The series will be back for a 13-episode second season for the 2013-2014 TV season. But fans should be prepared to wait until mid-season for the second season to start.

As most know, ‘Hannibal’ is based on the characters from the novel “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris and was developed for television by Bryan Fuller (the man behind ‘Wonderfalls’, ‘Dead Like Me’ and ‘Pushing Daisies’, who also serves as writer and executive producer. The cast includes Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hettienne Park and Laurence Fishburne.

Jennifer Salke, NBC Entertainment President, made the renewal announcement stating, “We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex and very compelling. There are many great stories still to be told”.

While the ratings for the mid-season series have averaged out to 4.7 million viewers in “most current” results from Nielsen Media Research over its (thus far) 8 episode run, ‘Hannibal’ is the youngest drama on ABC, CBS and NBC with a median age for its audience of 45.7. The series is also heavily time-shifted with its 18 to 49 rating (that is age demographics for those unaware) growing from next-day “live plus same day” ratings to “live plus seven day” results. Critics have also strongly embraced the series.

Again, ‘Hannibal’ will be back for its second season on NBC most likely during mid-season, which would mean early 2014.