May 09, 2014 10:35am PT by Lesley Goldberg , Michael O'Connell
NBC Renews 'About a Boy,' 'Hannibal'
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.
Hannibal joins a roster of returning dramas including Chicago Fire, Grimm, Law & Order: SVU and rookies The Blacklist and Chicago PD. For its part, NBC this week ordered new dramas Allegiance, State of Affairs, Odyssey, DC Comics take Constantine and Debra Messing starrer Mysteries of Laura.
The fate of Friday drama Dracula, meanwhile, remains in limbo though the Constantine pickup could likely mean the Jonathan Rhys Meyers-starrer will not return.
From Parenthood boss Jason Katims, David Walton and Minnie Driver starrer About a Boy -- an adaption of the book and subsequent film of the same name -- ranks as one of NBC's best-performing comedies this season among adults 18-49, largely thanks to its Voice lead-in. The show has averaged a 2.1 in the demo, ticking up to a 2.5 with DVR. Paired with fellow freshman comedy Growing Up Fisher, the two series have been the rare bright spots for the network's half-hour offerings following the cancellations of The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves the World and Welcome to the Family. The renewal also marks the first time Walton -- a series regular in seven shows before -- has earned a second season.
About a Boy becomes NBC's second comedy renewal behind veteran Parks and Recreation and first rookie half-hour to be granted a second season. NBC this week also added comedies Marry Me and A to Z. More are expected.
Keep track of all the series orders, renewals and cancellations with THR's scorecard.