'Hannibal' ratings softer in scary time slot

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NBC’s Hannibal returned for its second season Friday night in a tougher time slot and slightly softer ratings.

The season two premiere delivered 3.4 million viewers and a 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, ranking third at 10 p.m. That’s down 32 percent from its Thursday series premiere last season. A premiere-to-premiere dip was expected with this schedule shift, but it’s a bummer that Hannibal also sliced off 21 percent of its Grimm lead-in. There is upside, however: Hannibal was a tad higher than the average performance of Dracula in this slot this season and this rating is better than the last five episodes of season one. Given the schedule change and this time slot, I suspect Hannibal will see some pretty bigger-than-average DVR gain.

In case you missed it, here’s that brutal opening fight scene.

Otherwise: ABC’s Shark Tank (2.1 adult demo rating) ruled the night, followed by 20/20 (1.8) and then a three-way tie between Grimm, Blue Bloods and Hawaii Five-0 (all 1.4).

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