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BubbleWatch: NBC's 'Hannibal'
SHOW: "Hannibal" (NBC)
IN ITS FAVOR: It's all fine and well to have critical and audience acclaim. That didn't earn a second season for "Awake." What's looks good for "Hannibal" is that unexpected second week growth, something that is virtually unheard of in today's TV marketplace. As of the writing of this blurb, full Live+7 DVR results aren't in for "Hannibal," but Live+3 figures were promising, so NBC has to have some hope that the Bryan Fuller thriller is slowly carving out a tiny niche on a crowded Thursday night. Because "Hannibal" was an international co-production, it presumably isn't overly expensive for NBC and with Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishbure, the network has a cast of powerhouses who could plausibly be pushed for Emmy attention.
AGAINST IT: The nicest thing one can say about the ratings for "Hannibal" is that they're better than "Awake" and "Do No Harm" and "Rock Center." They still aren't nearly good enough to compete with "Scandal" or "Elementary" in that killer Thursday 10 p.m. slot. And after rising in that second week, "Hannibal" dipped in its third airing and could be headed for another fall when originals return to ABC and CBS. The decision not to air the show's fourth episode out of sensitivity related to the Boston bombings may alienate passionate viewers and confuse casual viewers.
OUR TOTALLY UNINFORMED GUESS: We're going to keep our finger on the pulse of "Hannibal" until mid-May, I suspect. If you ask me at the time of the writing of this blurb? I'd say "Yes, it gets renewed." But if ratings crater over the next few weeks, that could change.