Hannibal is one of the most well crafted shows on television, which is why NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt wants to know why so few people watch the show.
NBC is one of the most powerful networks in the world, but even they can’t get past the dead zone that Friday night television makes up. Hannibal is trying to break the mold, but so far viewership isn’t nearly what it could be if NBC would just put it on another night — say Thursday like when the show originally premiered back in 2013.
That’s a conundrum that is puzzling NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt, who just can’t figure out why the show he loves so much isn’t doing better in the ratings game.
Greenblat wondered aloud why more people don’t what what he believes to be the best show on television in Hannibal.
“I don’t know why five or eight million people won’t watch Hannibal on a broadcast network. Three million might watch it on Showtime, or two million on another cable network, and that’s okay. The minute you try to do something that is dark and subversive and frightening and gets into that territory, you start to peel away the mass audience. That’s just the way it is, I think.”
Here’s a concept Robert — don’t put the show on at 10pm ET on a night where most people are getting drunk at that time. Hannibal is one of the most well crafted shows on television, but the ugly time slot it has isn’t helping things at all. It’s actually a testament to how loved the show actually is that it’s managed to last three seasons and possibly more with the Friday night slot it has.
That’s why more people don’t watch the show, but plenty still are and that’s a true testament to how well put together Hannibal is.