NBC has decided against another helping of "Hannibal": The network has canceled the horror-tinged drama after three seasons.

The network announced the news on Monday, and while it didn't provide any specific reasoning for the move, it seems that poor ratings were the culprit. The critically-acclaimed series is currently in the midst of airing its third season, which NBC held for a summer debut. Deadline reports that the show, which did decent numbers on DVR and on demand, just couldn't connect with enough viewers for NBC's bottom line, and likely would have been better-suited for a cable network.

Creator Bryan Fuller had apparently seen this ending coming, having secured his next job running Neil Gaiman adaptation "American Gods" for Starz. He released a statement thanking the network for its support of the show.

"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," Fuller's statement 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. And personally, I look forward to my next meal with NBC."

In its own statement, NBC said it was "incredibly proud" of "Hannibal."

"Bryan and his team of writers and producers, as well as our incredible actors, have brought a visual palette of storytelling that has been second to none in all of television — broadcast or cable," the network's statement said. We thank Gaumont and everyone involved in the show for their tireless efforts that have made 'Hannibal' an incredible experience for audiences around the world."

No definitive series finale date has been announced yet.

[via: Deadline]

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