Did viewership rise for Episode 3 of Season 3 of Hannibal?
In short, yes — but barely. While last week’s episode (“Primavera”) brought in 1.66 million overall, last night’s episode (“Secondo”) saw an increase of just .03 million for a total of 1.69 million, according to TV by the Numbers. (Its 18-49 demographic ratings held steady at .5 million.)
Again, we still have to wait a few days for the adjusted ratings (which include DVR), but it’s hard to imagine they’ll rise significantly.
So much for the NBA Finals — which didn’t run any games last night — hurting Hannibal‘s ratings. The theory that the early release of Orange Is the New Black‘s third season might have occupied people who would have otherwise been watching Hannibal last Thursday also doesn’t seem to hold any weight.
While Aquarius continues to do pretty well, ratings-wise, none of its luck seems to be transferring over to Hannibal. We guess there’s not as much crossover between the two series’ audiences as NBC seemed to think there would be.
Not To Worry
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again — as important as ratings are, a decrease in live viewership doesn’t necessarily mean Season 3 of Hannibal will be its last. Streaming sites like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu are viable options, and a cable network such as Starz or Showtime could serve as a good home for Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and the rest of the gang.