Hannibal Renewed By NBC For Season 2

“Hannibal” will be back for another season on NBC.

On Thursday NBC announced it had renewed the drama, which stars Hugh Dancy as criminal profiler Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

The dark, but thoroughly excellent drama from Bryan Singer, and based on Thomas Harris’ novel, “Red Dragon,” brought in only 2.74 million viewers last week.

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While the ratings haven’t been huge (it did face off against “Scandal” on ABC, and “Elementary” on CBS for the last several months), the visually stunning show has become a critical darling.

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement on Thursday. “There are many great stories still to be told.”

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NBC has ordered 13-episodes for Season 2. It will air “no earlier than midseason,” according to the nework.

“Hannibal” currently airs Thursdays at 10/9c on NBC.

-- Jolie Lash

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