NBC has handed out an early fourth season renewal to their hit series The Blacklist, TVWise has learned. The network has given the series an initial pick-up of twenty-two episodes for season four, which will debut in Fall 2016.
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, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Hisham Tawfiq.
The fourth season renewal was initially announced by series creator Jon Bokenkamp on podcast The Blacklist: Exposed, in which he said “we knew about that a while ago. It’s one of those things that’s hard to keep quiet, but yes, we’re renewed through the fourth season”. He also revealed that the renewal in fact come down several months ago, flying largely under the radar.
The early renewal for The Blacklist, which recently lost its plum Monday night slot and was instead moved to Thursday nights, is big sign of confidence from NBC. While the slot change has resulted in a dip in ratings, The Blacklist remains one of the network’s highest rated series and season-to-date is averaging a live+same day audience of 7 million viewers and a 1.5 rating in the A18-49 demographic.
The Blacklist is the fourth series to have scored an early renewal from NBC for the 2016-2017 schedule. The network previously handed out renewals to Dick Wolf’s series Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, as well as freshman Blindspot, which is currently airing in The Blacklist’s former Monday night 10pm time-slot. An early renewal for fellow freshman Chicago Med, which was just acquired for UK broadcast by Universal Channel, is also expected shortly.