NBC has picked up “The Blacklist” for Season 4. The news isn’t a surprise, but the means by which it was delivered was a little unconventional.

Creator Jon Bokenkamp said on “The Blacklist Exposed” podcast that the show will be back for the 2016-17 season. “We knew about that a while ago,” he says. “It’s one of those things that’s hard to keep quiet. But yes, we’re renewed through the fourth season. Hopefully we don’t tank that out. We’ve got a lot of story to tell.”

“The Blacklist” averages a 1.5 same-day rating in adults 18-49, making it NBC’s top show on Thursday nights. The series has taken a ratings hit since moving from Monday to Thursday midway through last season but is still above NBC’s scripted average. It doubles to a 3.0 in Live +7 ratings.

The show joins three other NBC shows — “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Blindspot” — on the network’s 2016-17 schedule. You can also see everything renewed for 2016 and beyond.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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