'The Blacklist' Renewed for Second Season by NBC

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December 3rd, 2013

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NBC has renewed The Blacklist for a second season

via press release:


Series Is Broadcast’s No. 1-Rated Drama in 18-49 and Top New Show in Demo, Total Viewers

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Dec. 3, 2013 — NBC has ordered a full 22-episode second season of freshman smash “The Blacklist,” broadcast television’s No. 1 drama in the 18-49 demo fresh off of last night’s substantial showing and timeslot win. The series is the fall season’s breakout hit in both same day and record-setting live-plus-7 viewing.

The announcement was made jointly by Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment, and Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

“The success of ‘The Blacklist’ demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I’m impressed on a daily basis by this creative team’s imagination and the extent to which they will go to capture this grand vision on film,” Greenblatt said. “With gratitude to both our partners at Sony Pictures Television and our NBC development executives who took a great script and shepherded it into a great series, I hope that Red Reddington never runs out of names to bring down on his list!”

Added Salke: “We are very proud of the creative achievements of ‘The Blacklist,’ starting with creator Jon Bokenkamp and his incredible producing partners John Eisendrath, John Davis, John Fox and Michael Watkins. Our hats are off to them and to everyone in our dream cast — starting with the incomparable James Spader and Megan Boone — and our maverick pilot director, Joe Carnahan, and all of the gifted writers, producers, and directors who bring this cinematic show to life each week.”

“The Blacklist” is the No. 1 drama on the Big 4 networks in the 18-49 demo, averaging a 4.9 rating/13 share in most current viewing. It is the No. 2 scripted series on the Big 4 in the 18-49 demo, and the No. 1 new show in 18-49 and total viewers.

The Nov. 4 episode of “Blacklist” delivered the largest total-viewer increase from live-plus same-day viewing to live-plus-7 in U.S. TV history, growing by 6.589 million (from 10.337 million to 16.926 million). “The Blacklist” now holds the top three increases from L+SD to L+7 among total viewers in U.S. TV history.

In historical context, “The Blacklist” is NBC’s most-watched new drama eight weeks into its run in 19 years (since “Earth 2” in 1994).

The series stars Emmy Award winner James Spader as “Red” Reddington, a world-renown terrorist on the FBI’s Most Wanted List who is helping the U.S. government catch international criminals, but for unknown reasons. The series also stars Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.

USA Today called “The Blacklist” the fall’s best new drama while TV Guide said, “Can this show get any cooler?”

Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan. “The Blacklist” is produced by Davis Entertainment Company in association with Sony Pictures Television.

  • KH

    Matt, you are really an a–hole. :)

  • jj

    Without a doubt the best tv show that has hit the small screen in a very very long time. James Spader is simply amazing. The rest of the casts is good also. And the guest stars are just astonishing.

  • Billiam


    The NSA just hacked your computer and sent all of your sensitive data to the FBI… they will be knocking on your door shortly… LOL.

    I’m sure you were joking about being a hooker. Never confess to ANYTHING personal on these sites….

  • milo

    Another article in need of a moderator to delete the blatant troll posts. Please?

  • Kait

    What is it with this Matt guy? I get that he loves cable dramas and thinks broadcast shows suck, but wow. No show will ever match the ambition or complexity of, say something, like The Wire…but come on.

  • KH

    That’s a politically incorrect term. You’re supposed to be smart, right? You should know that.

  • The Cool Max

    Surprised it took NBC even this long.

  • Billiam

    Once in a while we get someone who likes to stir u trouble here… today is no exception. I like to joke around but I never attack people personally. That is what Facebook is for… LOL.

    Just ignore him and he will give up for today and be back again another day.

    Some people don’t have enough excitement in their lives, so they have to create their own…

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Thank you.

    @Bill and Robert
    Why haven’t you banned Matt yet? He’s doing nothing but trolling and just implied my sister is a hooker. Do page views matter so much to you that you are willing to let that idiot get away with calling my sister a hooker?! It’s you guys responsibility to deal with people like this, so deal with it!

    I apologize for being so angry, but I am clearly not the only one fed up with him.

  • rob60990

    A very well deserved renewal, unlike the renewal of Sleepy Hollow.

  • TVDude

    Way to rip the bandaid off NBC, we all knew it was coming… and rightfully so!

  • Cheryl

    It’s all good, everyone. People like Matt do exist in the world. As hateful as it may be, it’s a part of what defines society.

  • Leoben Conoy

    Well done Blacklist!

    (now if they could only re-cast that awful female lead actress or even if they bought her a better wig)

  • HeadlessHorseman

    Exactly how was SH’s renewal undeserved? Why are you even bringing it up? It isn’t even mentioned in this post.

    While your comments, much like Dante’s, are annoying and somewhat trollish, I’d prefer your comments over Matt’s. At least you don’t get personal.

  • j

    Um, Blacklist’s 74 is barely below Boardwalk Empire’s last 2 seasons of 76 & 77.

  • KH


    So Headless told you she had a sister and it gave you the right make it personal and insult someone you don’t know? You’re like those idiotic sports fans who send death threats to athletes.

    Do you want to call a truce or do we keep going on and on with this?

  • Leoben Conoy

    psst Matt, call the truce bro

    you’re losing…terribly

  • HeadlessHorseman

    So you imply my sister is a hooker, I get mad, and I’m the baby? Hopefully Bill and Robert will take their responsibilities seriously and ban you sooner rather than later.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    @Peter Parks
    Read the comments section on the Monday ratings and see what lead to it. I’ll admit, it was foolish to tell him that, but it gives him no right to imply she’s a hooker.

  • HeadlessHorseman

    What? That didn’t even make sense.

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