Remember when we were hoping that the premiere of “Hannibal” was going to get a 1.0 rating in the demo? Those were the days, weren’t they?
The season 3 premiere of the NBC series last night unfortunately didn’t get that close to that figure at all; as a matter of fact, many CW series would be a closer comparison to the 0.7 rating it posted in the 18-49 demographic. This matches the show’s series low, and we really cannot blame this on anything other than viewers just not turning up. The show is critically-acclaimed, had a decent timeslot, and we feel for the most part like the network did a good job in promoting it. The problem “Hannibal” faces is simply one of this show simply not being for everyone. There are some who find the violence and the imagery to be too much, and there are others who probably just have not given it much of a chance.
We’re not going to spend too much time now speculating on the show’s future, mostly because we figure we will have more room for that later in the season.
Elsewhere, “Aquarius” also sunk to a 0.7 now that the entirety of its first season is available for binge-watching online, while “Wayward Pines” and “Bones” each slipped to a 1.1, which was probably a direct result of going against the NBA Finals. Basketball is the only excuse any show can make for these numbers, but we don’t really feel there is a huge crossover (pun intended) between sports fans and fans of some of these shows.
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