The final ratings for the Season 3 premiere of Hannibal are in, and they’re not the best.
Despite our fellow Fannibals’ heavy social media presence during last night’s Season 3 premiere of Hannibal (way to go getting #HannibalPremiere trending well past the episode aired!), ratings weren’t as impressive as we expected. In fact, according to TV by the Numbers‘ count, the episode’s ratings of 2.52* were less than each of the first and second seasons’ averages (2.82 and 2.54, respectively).
Additionally, “Antipasto” brought in significantly fewer viewers than either of the previous premieres — the series premiered to 4.36 viewers while Season 2 premiered to 3.27 viewers.
So Why the Drop?
Some are blaming Hannibal‘s lead-in, Aquarius, which premiered strong at 5.67 viewers but fell to 3.90 last night.
Before you get too concerned, one TV by the Numbers commenter pointed out that the 18-49 age range is holding strong at .7, so, unless ratings drop to the point of no return, there’s a good chance NBC will give the series another chance.
Even if the network doesn’t renew Hannibal, there’s a good chance we’ll see the show again on another outlet. Amazon Prime has been thrown around as an option by fans, since the first two seasons are already available there for free. Plus, showrunner Bryan Fuller might end up with even more creative freedom than he’s been given over at NBC — which could make for some gruesome episodes of Hannibal indeed.
*All ratings measured in millions.