Hannibal premiered to only about 4.3 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 last week. But that was better than its special Go On lead-in and better than what NBC has been delivering in that slot for a year.

Starting at that level, against tough competition on Thursday night, the odds are stacked against Hannibal building in the coming weeks, but it has happened before — Chicago Fire proved NBC can grow a number at 10 p.m. earlier this season.

From a personal perspective, I’m excited to see how this show progresses.  I found the pilot episode to be very smartly written with well thought out and dynamic characters that can build into some great story lines.  So far… they have my attention.  I plan on tuning in to the next episode.

If you missed the pilot episode, watch it for yourself below: