'Hannibal' renewed for 3rd season

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Hannibal will return for a third course.

NBC has renewed the perpetual bubble show for another round despite very low ratings on Friday nights.

The fate of Hannibal was very uncertain. NBC points out the series starring Hugh Dancy and Mads Mikkelsen attracts the youngest audience of any 10 p.m. broadcast drama, with its originals growing 72 percent with DVR. But even with seven days of DVR playback included, Hannibal has averaged just 3.6 million viewers and a 1.4 rating on Friday night. But those who are watching say the horror drama has been on quite a roll lately, punctuated by a gonzo performance by guest star Michael Pitt as Hannibal Lecter’s patient Mason Verger (our recaps here).

Update: NBC also picked up freshman comedy About a Boy. The midseason series starring David Walton and Minnie Driver was pretty certain to get a renewal for a second season, despite its ratings declines in recent weeks after The Voice on Tuesday nights. The show has averaged 8.3 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the demo.

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