While we personally felt like “Hannibal” could have been a natural fit in the summer TV schedule where it would have way less competition and could carve out more of a niche for itself, NBC is going in a somewhat different direction for the show’s second season.
Let us start here with what we personally feel is good news. The show will premiere season 2 on Friday, February 28 at 10:00 p.m. Eastern after “Grimm.” This means that it has a lead-in that is at least somewhat similar when it comes to genre. Not only that, but it also should have a chance of lasting there given that there is not that much in the way of competition.
But, the bad news here is that it is still Fridays at 10:00. “Dracula” has an iconic name attached to it, and it could not muster great numbers at any point after the premiere. This is a time when people want to go out and do other things, and unless some more viewers are coming on here with the knowledge of just how awesome this Bryan Fuller product really is, you run the risk of lower ratings for an already low-rated show.
At the end of the day, the ultimate advantage with “Hannibal” coming on early is that you get the opportunity to see the show sooner. So if you are a true fan, that’s reason enough to celebrate. You can worry about the timeslot and the ratings later.
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