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Hannibal didn't take a bite out of the competition Thursday, but it did give NBC some life.

Bryan Fuller's prequel adaptation of Thomas Harris' novels premiered to 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic. Though obviously low, the numbers are NBC's best in the once-revered Thursdays-at-10 slot since March 15 last year. Hannibal was also up from Rock Center's and Do No Harm's performances in the slot this season, both of which averaged a 0.9 rating. Compared to Awake's debut in the time period last year, Hannibal was down 2 million viewers and four-tenths.

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