Looks like NBC just took a bite out of Hannibal.
First reported by Entertainment Weekly, the network has decided to cancel its struggling series Hannibal, which is currently in its third season.
“We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons,” NBC said in a statement. “[Showrunner Bryan Fuller] and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made Hannibal an incredible experience for audiences around the world.”
Showrunner Bryan Fuller also released a statement, “NBC has allowed us to craft a television series that no other broadcast network would have dared, and kept us on the air for three seasons despite Cancellation Bear Chow ratings and images that would have shredded the eyeballs of lesser Standards & Practices enforcers. Jen Salke and her team have been fantastic partners and creatively supportive beyond measure. Hannibal is finishing his last course at NBC’s table this summer, but a hungry cannibal can always dine again. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.”
The series has never been a ratings winner for the network and the numbers continued to slide each season. The most recent episode that aired on June 11th drew a series-low 1.7 million viewers and a 0.5 in the demo.