NBC Cancels Hannibal After Three Seasons

NBC has given Hannibal its final meal after three seasons as the network has decided it will not continue on with a fourth season.

While the show has garnered praise from critics and fans alike, its viewerships has never been great. It's only been three episodes into Season 3, but the show is posting its lowest numbers yet, with last Thursday’s episode drawing 1.8 million viewers and a .5 in the 18 to 49 demographic.NBC has stated that they will air the remaining 10 episodes of the season, but that will be the end of Hannibal on the network.

“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,” creator Bryan Fuller said in an official statement. “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.”

“We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons,” NBC said in a statement. “Bryan 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.”

There is still the possibility of another network picking up the distribution rights to Hannibal and creating a fourth season. For now, fans will have to savor the remaining 10 episodes left of the season.