NBC has handed an early renewal to their top rated scripted series The Blacklist, which is the network’s most watched drama since 1994. NBC has ordered 22 episodes for the show’s second season.
Created by Jon Bokenkamp, The Blacklist tells the story of the world’s most wanted criminal who mysteriously turns himself in and offers to give up everyone he has ever worked with. His only condition is he will only work with a newly minted FBI agent with whom he seemingly has no connection. The drama is produced Sony Pictures Television and stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Ryan Eggold, Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix.
The renewal comes just after last night’s fall finale pulled in 12.3 million viewers and a 3.5 A18-49 rating, ranking as the series’ highest rated episode since the premiere back in September. With the pick up, The Blacklist also becomes the second of this season’s new series to land an early renewal; following on from Sleepy Hollow securing a second season pick up from Fox back in October.
“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,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment. “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!”
While Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, added: “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.”