'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.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “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.”

    No, that shows that someone’s simply mistaken.

  • avstylez

    best new show this seoson, hands down..#James Spader acting is perfect..#Just enjoy watching him acting..kinda reminds me alot of the Boston Legal days lol

  • Samunto


    If anything, NBC would add more episodes.
    1. It’s a procedural not heavily serialized and should repeat well.
    2. With the Olympics coming up, you can expect it to air maybe 2 new episodes in January on it’s own as NBC will want to see how it can stand on it’s own without The Voice.
    3. In Feb, the whole NBC schedule is off-air coz of olympics. The Monday after the olympics finals, The Voice premieres and you can be sure The Blacklist will be in tow.

    Bottom line, i wouldn’t be suprised if NBC ordered atleast 2 more episodes and then maybe had an early season finale in April and having a new show premiere in the MOndays 10pm slot for the final 4wks of the season.

    Chicago Fire could face the same fate too as i’m pretty sure that NBC won’t want to waste a repeat after The Voice. Chicago PD would be a candidate for the slot for a late premiere in April.

  • Joe


    It’s not thrilling and fun when the twists are picked from a hat. That just makes it intellectually dishonest and manipulative.

  • Katherine

    All twists are picked from a hat in such shows. What matters is if the groundwork is laid for the audience to figure them out along the way. The second episode of Blacklist is a perfect example. I got one of the twists before it happened and know where they laid the ground work for the ones I missed.

    I liked and watched Homicide too. Different genres. It wasn’t about the mystery it was about the workplace. Just because crime is involved does not make all crime dramas the same.

  • Cam

    Black List and Sleepy Hollow are my 2 favorite new shows, too. Can’t wait for Almost Human. Then Mondays will be totally awesome !!!!!!!!

  • mike

    great show than hostages

  • Alex

    I wonder if it will drop again this week? Honestly I don’t understand why people like it so much. Its not that great :/

  • Rick

    Ira a shAme. There rating fell quite a bit and I see it in 1.3 territory before long.

  • chezmoi

    When do NBC next get the Superbowl? The Voice was revitalised after the Superbowl.

  • Peter

    @alex, maybe because its good. It reminds me of the 1st season of Heroes.

  • bjssp


    What trists are picked from a hat?

  • charmedcraft

    As long as they keep airing it after TV, the ratings will hold up.

  • Drew

    Great show. Spader chews up the scenery and that’s why the show is so enjoyable. Great twist last episode with the humanitarian being the slave trader.

  • Kenn

    Not surprising. It sure will get renewed.

  • Anna g

    Good show with excellent James Spader, ten times better than lacklustre Revolution. Hopefully it will keep the level of first episodes and sticks around for a while.

  • Joe

    Katherine, the best twists you can’t predict, yet they make sense nonetheless. Ever watch Breaking Bad? An example of picking twists from a hat bjssp would be to sit through more than a couple episodes of that Kevin Bacon steaming pile of dung, The Following. The first episode of The Black List just let you know the rug was going to be pulled from you not to stroke your intelligence, but to invent intrigue on the go. The implausible becomes the possible; hence the initial fantasy reference.

    But speaking of Homicide, it was just an example given of a fine show; not simply a fine police show. But unlike other police shows, they didn’t always get their man; something now foreign to networks like CBS.

    There’s just too much bad tv out there and NBC is simply trying to make Spader into an anti-hero you want to root for. Basically trying to suck the life out of the remnants of Walter White, Tony Soprano, Don Draper, etc. It’s cheap and it’s hollow, which sums up network tv in a nutshell. It pains me that shows like this are celebrated. But then again, millions of viewers can watch a fat child wander through a gas station convenience store set to a soundtrack of goofy music. Come to think of it, I’d actually rather watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo than another episode of the Blacklist; but that’s only if forced to choose with a gun to my head.

  • bjssp


    I don’t think it’s clear TB’s producers are doing that with Spader’s RR just yet. Maybe they will, but we’re only two episodes in, and it’s not at all clear what his motivations are.

    My biggest problem with The Following wasn’t so much the weak twists and plot holes but the really, really crappy dialogue.

  • jp

    it makes sense. James Spader is so f*&$ing good. NBC please treat this show with some care. You guys have a big hit.

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