NBC’s “Hannibal” does well in the ratings

April 13, 2013

One week after opening to decent numbers, NBC’s HANNIBAL held up well in its second outing Thursday.  According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “Hannibal” averaged a 1.6 rating/5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.3 million viewers overall in the 10 o’clock hour, topping in demos the encores of both CBS’ “Elementary” (1.4/4 in 18-49, 7.3 million viewers overall) and ABC’s “Scandal” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.6 million viewers overall).

The new Bryan Fuller-created drama matched its week-ago averages and grew from its first half-hour to its second (1.6 to 1.7). And since these prelim “Hannibal” numbers include a 1-minute runover from low-rated comedy “Go On,” the drama’s demo score could round up to a 1.7 in the nationals.

HANNIBAL  has been a pleasant surprise in how good it is.  The great thing about doing a television show as opposed to a movie is that you have more time to develop characters and story arcs.  I haven’t watched a lot of TV lately because it seems like every pointless subject has a reality show about it, but shows like THE WALKING DEAD, BATES MOTEL, HANNIBAL, and VIKINGS have glued me back to the screen.  Hopefully television starts making a turn back to well written television shows.

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