Welp. It's not the most surprising thing that's ever happened, but that does nothing to soften the blow: following a decrease in viewership, NBC has canceled Hannibal.
Here's a statement from series creator Bryan Fuller, as reported by Buzzfeed:
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. 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. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC.
Hannibal's currently three episodes into its third season, and NBC has confirmed that it'll air the season's remaining 10 episodes.
After that? Well, as of this writing, no one's talking (Netflix) about whether or not (Netflix) the series will end up getting shopped around (Netflix) to any other networks (or Netflix), but in light of other recent TV resurrections, it doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility. If only there were a streaming service (not Yahoo), perhaps one with a history of taking critically-beloved-yet-underwatched/canceled TV series under its wing (not Hulu), that could step up to the plate.
Small Update: as Drafthouse Films' James Shapiro pointed out on Twitter, Hannibal's first two seasons are currently available on Amazon. Do with that what you will.
The final episode of Hannibal airs on September 3rd. We're bummed about it.