NBC has handed a back nine order to freshman drama The Blacklist, bringing the total number of episodes ordered for the show’s first season to 22.
The Blacklist was created by Jon Bokenkamp and 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 many layers of Red Reddington and his mysterious reasons for getting into bed with the FBI seem to be fascinating to fans of this show,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.”
Picking up The Blacklist for a back nine had been considered a foregone conclusion as the series has been one of the few breakout hits this fall – while another, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow has already received a second season renewal in lieu of a back nine pick up. The Blacklist premiered on NBC on Monday September 23rd to 12.6 million viewers and a 3.8 rating in the 18-49 demo. The series saw minimal drop off in week 2 pulling in 11.4 million viewers and a 3.3 rating. Across both episodes The Blacklist has averaged 12 million viewers and a 3.6 A18-49 rating; making the series the number one new drama on the big 4 networks so far this season in total viewers.