NBC has canceled Hannibal, after just three Season 3 episodes have aired. Last week's episode dropped to a series low 0.5 rating in the all-important 18-49 demographic. Deadline reports that the show will close out its Season 3 run this summer in the Thursday 10 PM time slot, but it will not be back for Season 4. Here's what NBC had to say in a statement.
"We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan Fuller and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television - broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made 'Hannibal' an incredible experience for audiences around the world."
Series creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller also released the following statement."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."
It remains to be seen if Bryan Fuller and the producers will shop the show around to other networks or streaming TV services like Netflix and Yahoo! Screen. The series starred Hugh Dancy as Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, with a supporting cast that includes Caroline Dhavernas, Laurence Fishburne, Hettienne Park, Gillian Anderson, Scott Thompson, Dan Fogler and an upcoming guest starring appearance by Richard Armitage as Francis Dollarhyde, a.k.a. Red Dragon. Are you upset that Hannibal won't be back for a fourth season?