Friday, October 4, 2013

NBC's 'The Blacklist' Secures Back 9 Order

No surprise here - NBC's new drama series The Blacklist has received an early back 9 episode order. The Blacklist is the first new show this year to be expanded to a full season worth of 22 episodes.

The Blacklist created by Jon Bokenkamp tells the story of Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted criminals, who mysteriously turns himself in and promises to help the agency track down every criminal he has ever worked with - the only catch is that he will only to newly-minted FBI profiler Elizabeth Keen.

The thriller is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment. It stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.

"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 NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke. "With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well as 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."

Through the first two weeks of the season, The Blacklist has averaged a 3.6 Adults 18-49 rating and 12 million viewers, ranking as the No. 1 most watched new drama this fall and No. 2 in 18-49. The series has outperformed its Monday at 10PM competitors, and the September 23 premiere added 4.4 million time-shifting viewers in Live+3.

Yesterday, FOX broke from tradition and just renewed Sleepy Hollow for a second season - sticking with its initial plan to keep that drama with shorter, cable-like runs. And earlier today, ABC canceled Lucky 7.