James Hibberd
April 08, 2013 AT 03:34 PM EDT

After Thursday’s just-slightly-better-than-what-NBC-may-have-expected premiere, the network is serving up a repeat of Hannibal.

NBC will re-air the serial killer thriller pilot in the Chicago Fire slot on Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

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.

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