Mikkelsen’s cannibal days coming to an end

NBC pulls plug on fourth season of ‘Hannibal’

For the past three years, Denmark’s premier actor Mads Mikkelsen has been captivating audiences and sending chills down many spines as the refined cannibal Dr Hannibal Lecter in the hit NBC series ‘Hannibal’.

But just a couple of weeks after the launch of the third season on June 4, it looks like Mads has dined on his last human hors-d’œuvre, as NBC has revealed that the final episode of the series on August 27 will be the last ever one.

“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,” executive producer Bryan Fuller said.

“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.”

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Skeletal viewer ratings
Despite ‘Hannibal’ generally being well-received by critics, the show has struggled to attract viewers, and when the first two episodes of the third season only averaged 1.65 million viewers, NBC pulled the plug on a fourth season.

The producer of the series, The De Laurentiis Company, is looking elsewhere in a bid to continue the series.