• NBC Gives Serial Killer A Second Chance

    by  • February 25, 2014 • Violence • 8 Comments

    Despite being last in its timeslot and one of the lowest-rated dramas on broadcast TV, the grotesque cannibalistic serial killer drama Hannibal is returning for another season by NBC.nbcprovoc

    As Entertainment Weekly reports, the series about a detective who traces serial killers, and whose own psychiatrist is the murderous, man-eating Hannibal Lecter, was given another year on TV by last-place network NBC.

    This is surprising, given that even shows that perform moderately well are often dropped by the networks, in hopes of finding the next big hit. But Hannibal earned only a 2.0 rating – meaning that fewer than 5 million of the nation’s 115 million TV viewers watched the show. The series is also notable in that Salt Lake City affiliate KSL refused to carry the graphic program.. And no wonder: various episodes have featured a tower built out of human corpses, a teenage girl impaled on deer antlers, and people half-rotted after being buried alive…not to mention scenes of Hannibal devouring a man’s liver off fine china.  

    But such scenes are merely demonstrations of Hannibal’s “richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling vision,” according to NBC’s President Jennifer Salke. Such spin is typical of the entertainment industry when discussing its most perverted programming.

    Despite the show’s failure to catch on with viewers, its renewal is unsurprising…especially given the fact that NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt was responsible for the similar serial killer drama Dexter when he worked at Showtime. With NBC’s top executive enamored of mass-murdering cannibals, no matter how bad Hannibal’s ratings get, viewers had best become accustomed to even more ultra-graphic violence invading their living rooms.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    8 Responses to NBC Gives Serial Killer A Second Chance

    1. Theresa
      March 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm

      The advertising for “Hanibal” was so atrocious. My Mom and I were eating and she almost vomited on the spot. We are tired of seeing this stuff on ads and we just start blocking these channels. Never thought I would see the day I would have to block network TV.

    2. James healey
      March 1, 2014 at 10:48 am

      Cancel this disgusting program, that glorifies extreme violence and an evil serial killer!!

    3. Jennine Wessell
      February 28, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Also, How do we get that new program on TV Land removed, quickly? That “excess” program. It is totally degrading, & it is actually a sneaky pornography, verbally & physically :-( I read that Sonic is their sponsor — so let’s boycott. I have written to the FCC 2 times, & they ignore my cries. I think the FCC does not care any more about anything. & Disney is a problem, boycott them, & their sponsors. And the disgusting ads for “the excess” are on many times during the day, & evening. That’s the same as hearing the program. I asked the FCC to remove the daytime ads, too.

    4. Debby
      February 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

      A shows failure to produce an audience should be a huge clue as to whether or not a show should continue on your network. The only reason I can see that you would continue to produce such horrible, what you call entertainment is that you continue to listen to the evil within. This show should be banned not just because of the content but because of the people who do watch. Why would you want to encourage evil intentions to mentally disturbed or the horrible thought that a child might be watching. That alone would stop me from ever producing show that would harm another person.
      God help you. You will answer to Him. Matthew 18:2 Jesus called a small child over to him and set the little fellow down among them, 3 and said, “Unless you turn to God from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. 4 Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. 5 And any of you who welcomes a little child like this because you are mine is welcoming me and caring for me. 6 But if any of you causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose his faith,[a] it would be better for you to have a rock tied to your neck and be thrown into the sea.
      7 “Woe upon the world for all its evils. Temptation to do wrong is inevitable, but woe to the man who does the tempting.

    5. Mamie
      February 28, 2014 at 10:38 am

      There are just too many violently bloody and grotesque TV shows that are readily accessible to children. Even so-called reality shows like RuPaul, Modern Family – shows that highlight alternative lifestyles as being a natural process of life, and rampant sexual activity without marriage, as normal and not problematic.

    6. Jennine Wessell
      February 28, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Total boycott !!! Boycott the program, write to NBC, & boycott the advertisers. How do we find out who are all the advertisers please?

    7. musowa
      February 28, 2014 at 8:59 am

      Hannibal is a show that does not merit a showing on a free cable channel or the regular airwaves.

      I would like to think the producers of this show will rethink their decision on its time-slot and placement and put in on a paid cable channel.

    8. Glenda
      February 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I urge you to not promote offensive programs that appear to be entertaining. The level of crime today is outrageous and TV programs, plus violent movies are encouraging the weak minded people to support evil, which includes rape, murder, open sex abuse of all ages and genders. We are a Christian nation and should be advertising good spiritual themes such as “Son of God”. Please reconsider and do not push R rated programs and movies. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ will return to earth one day and will call all those who promote violence and sin will be punished.
      I hope that your staff will join me in taking a stand for good, not evil.

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