Red Reddington and his snazzy hat collection are sticking around NBC for another season.

The network announced Thursday that it’s picked up a fifth season of “The Blacklist,” the espionage drama starring James Spader as Reddington and Megan Boone as his partner in crime-avenging, former FBI agent Elizabeth Keene. Season 5 will run for 22 episodes and take the show past the 100-episode milestone.

The show’s ratings have taken a sizable hit this season, but renewal has seemed like a fairly safe bet for a while. That’s in part because the show has a lucrative streaming deal with Netflix, which paid a reported $2 million per episode to acquire streaming rights following the show’s first season.

“The Blacklist” is averaging a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.34 million viewers in its initial airing this season, down from 1.4 (-29 percent) and 6.83 million (-22 percent) last season. It improves considerably with a week of DVR and on demand playback, rising to 2.1 in the 18-49 demo and 9.9 million viewers.

NBC has yet to make a decision on spinoff series “The Blacklist: Redemption,” but it’s considered unlikely to return next season with same-day ratings of 0.8 and 4.04 million viewers.

“The Blacklist” becomes the ninth scripted series NBC has renewed for next season, joining “Blindspot,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago PD,” “The Good Place,” “Shades of Blue,” “Superstore” and “Taken.” (“The Voice” is also returning in the fall.) It also becomes part of this longer list of shows renewed for the 2017-18 season and beyond.

NBC will unveil its full lineup and schedule for next season on Sunday, with an upfront presentation to advertisers set for Monday.

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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