NBC has announced they will not be renewing Hannibal for a fourth season. TVLine reports the current third season will be the end on the network.
Show creator Bryan Fuller made this season:
“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,” Fuller said in a statement. “[NBC president] 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.”
NBC made their own statement on their decision:
“We have been tremendously proud of Hannibal over its three seasons. Bryan 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.”
Hannibal has always been loved by critics and has a solid fanbase. However, the show has always struggled in the ratings since the beginning and season 3 has been the worst yet.
Of course we don’t know if this is really the end these days. We live in a time where cancelled shows can be moved to other platforms with Community being a prime example. However, another example would be Constantine which was not picked up by anyone when it was cancelled. We’ll have to wait and see what the future will hold for Hannibal.