'The Blacklist' Picked Up for a Full Season by NBC

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October 4th, 2013

The Blacklist Episode 2

via press release:


Series Is No. 1 New Drama of 2013-14 Season in Total Viewers, Dominates Monday 10 O’Clock Timeslot

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Oct. 4, 2013 — NBC has ordered an additional nine episodes of “The Blacklist” for a 22- episode full-season commitment, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“The many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show,” said Salke. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”

Through the first two weeks of the season, “The Blacklist” has averaged a 3.6 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers, making it the #1 new drama on the Big 4 networks so far this season in total viewers, according to “live plus same day” ratings from Nielsen Media Research.  Both episodes have led the Monday 10-11 p.m. ET hour among ABC, CBS and NBC in every key ratings category and the Sept. 23 premiere added 4.4 million time-shifting viewers in “live plus three day” results from Nielsen, the most any broadcast network telecast has ever added going from “live plus same day” to “live plus three day.”

“The Blacklist” stars Emmy Award-winning actor James Spader as Red Reddington, a fugitive on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. Now, he’s mysteriously surrendered to the FBI and working with the feds to catch a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. Red’s true intentions have yet to be revealed.

The series also stars Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.

Jon Bokenkamp (“The Call,” “Taking Lives”), John Eisendrath (“Alias”), John Davis (“Predator,” “I, Robot,” “Chronicle”) and John Fox serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan (“The A-Team,” “The Grey”). “The Blacklist” is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.

  • HV

    Not a surprise, it airs after The Voice!

  • fourat

    cool it’s a good show


    Who didn’t see this one coming?

  • AllOfHerTw!st

    NBC needed this press release to drown out the posting of final Thurs numbers!

  • CBSviewer

    I bet NBC will cut the episode order from 22 to 20 like they did for Revolution last year.

  • Katherine

    CBSviewer, why would you assume that?

  • Ram510

    But will it be able to sustain an audience through a whole season?

  • CBSviewer

    @ Katherine

    Because with a 22 episode season, The Blacklist will have to air during The Voice hiatus which means they will loose a lot of viewers and demo.

  • Justin11

    First early renewal: Sleepy Hollow
    First cancelation: Luck 7
    First full pick-up: The Blacklist

    More early cancelation candidates: Betrayal, Dads, Trphy Wife, We Are Men, Welcome to the Family. (not a good season for comedies…)

    More full pick-up candidates: SHIELD, Crazy Ones, Millers, Back in the Game, Goldbergs, Super Fun Night.

    Uncertain: Mindy, Brooklyn, Ironside, Sean Saves the World, Revolution, Mom.

    * Hostages, Betraya, Micheal Fox Show, all have a set number of episodes.

  • rob60990

    With The Voice premiering earlier in the spring i doubt they cut the eposode order like they did Revolution.

  • Katherine

    I doubt they’ll cut the order. They would have known about the Voice hiatus when they made this order and they would have seen how Revolution’s long break worked out last year.

    Assuming a cut would be like saying “oops, we forgot what we learned last year.”

  • Ultima

    Because with a 22 episode season, The Blacklist will have to air during The Voice hiatus which means they will loose a lot of viewers and demo.

    The Voice will air for ~26 weeks this season. They could put The Blacklist on an extended hiatus from December through February and still easily air all 22 episodes before the end of the season.

  • Max

    Yes! I love the Blacklist!

  • CrimTV


    Yes and a break between December and February wont be too long.

  • steve

    Suprised & not suprised. I thought they would of waited a few more weeks to see where settles


    how will the Olympics effect nbc programing

  • Edward Mooney

    Great job NBC it’s a smart & cool show!

  • Potato

    Gingey head love! Gingey head love!

  • Kate

    Predictable, but I enjoy it so good news!

  • JJF

    Today is just filled with shocking moves. The Blacklist gets a full season pickup and Lucky 7 gets cancelled? I don’t believe it for a minute. ;)

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