NBC added to its renewals Friday, picking up Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal for a third season and Jason Katims comedy About a Boy for a second run.
Co-production Hannibal, from Gaumont International and Sony PIctures Television, is a relatively inexpensive show for NBC to produce. It has always had critical clout on its side — if not the highest ratings. The sophomore season of the drama has performed largely in line with the first, despite the lesser-watched Friday time slot, and averaged a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 3.9 million viewers. What it didn’t match Dracula in ratings, it did make up for in buzz. The Fuller spin on The Silence of the Lambs characters is a favorite on Twitter.