'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.

  • Patrick Ausgewahlt

    Airing from September-December and February-May always after the Voice sounds like a good idea

  • Ultima

    how will the Olympics effect nbc programing

    For 18 nights in February, NBC’s primetime programming will be exclusively coverage of the games (although they’ll probably fit in a sneak preview for at least one show).

    Due to the huge promotional platform, virtually all of NBC’s midseason premieres will be delayed until the final week of February (an an additional week later for Sunday shows, due to the Oscars).

  • a p garcia

    no surprise here

  • Bitter Go On Fan (Former Bitter Ringer Fan)

    I enjoyed episode 2 even more than the pilot. So far i’m liking the show.

  • Ultima

    I thought they would of waited a few more weeks to see where settles

    Having three DOA series premieres in two nights tends to force a network’s hand! ;)

  • Dan

    With Sleepy Hollow getting a second season (essentially a full season), and Blacklist getting a full season my guess is that more than likely Agents of Shield will be next to get full seasons, followed by Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Goldbergs.

  • Katherine

    Dan, if I were ABC I’d let Agents air a few more eps. The drop from episode 1 to 2 is worrying.

  • DenverDean

    Don’t be surprised if NBC adds two more episodes to BL, like they did to CF, which had far worse ratings than Rev.

  • Aeiouy

    Killer! News!


    thanks ultima

  • DenZel

    Homeland is better.

  • Mare

    Awesome, love this show!

    Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist are my favorites of the new shows!

  • Joe

    Simply unwatchable and should be categorized in the fantasy genre like the Once Upon a Time shows. Spader simply mugs his way through this garbage and picks up a check. What a sad state of affairs that this is the sort of thing pushed on viewers. It’s time to turn off network tv shows. Cable has the best shows, but even some of them are hit and miss. But seriously… why try to convince yourself that this is fine art. Remember such NBC gems as Homicide Life on the Street, or St. Elsewhere? Now those were shows that didn’t insult your intelligence. Don’t celebrate contrived garbage such as this.

  • bjssp

    Bigger question:

    Will NBC run an in-season marathon for The Blacklist to help it gain new viewers? The network really should.

    Longer-term question:

    If it gets another season, which it almost certainly will unless it implodes, where does it go? I don’t see it going to Friday, and while I guess Monday is a possibility, particularly if it completely owns the time slot more than it’s doing now, NBC will still want to use TV to launch a new show. CF will probably stay on Tuesday. Thursday is possibility, especially if there’s a true overhaul of the night, but that’s riskier than almost any other move.

    So, Wednesdays? And if so, does SVU get the boot? My guess is that NBC would want to put the show at 9:00, to help launch a new drama at 10:00.

  • bjssp


    Some critics say that fantasy-like quality you describe is what makes the show appealing. It knows it isn’t supposed to go for gritty realism so much as it is to be thrilling and fun.

  • Joseph A

    I think its a pretty safe bet , Blacklist has solid writing and should do well

  • tvwatcher

    It’s being reported that Blacklist has also been RENEWED for Season 2? All in the same day? Wow! That shows confidence in the show.

  • Sam SD

    No brainer for NBC. Despite “The Voice” as its lead in, it’s a “24-esque” quality show with excellent writing (and, more importantly, great demo ratings!). James Spader is chewing up the scenery in the best possible way, and though Megan Boone’s character is a bit milquetoast, it’s nice to see the addition of ER (and Bend it Like Beckham) alum Parminder Nagra upping the ante. I’m in—and apparently so are the rest of us 18-49’s!

  • HV

    Where did you read that it got a second season renewal?

  • V

    I think what people meant was last year, Revolution / Deception shared time slot and they could do it again.
    Depends of what NBC has for mid-season and what other shows bomb.
    Its mostly been there Thursday comedy block.

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