By Tim Molloy
NBC has ordered a full season of “The Blacklist,” its highly rated James Spader spy drama.
The show had NBC’s biggest debut in a year, then held almost all of its audience in its second week. NBC rewarded it with a “back nine” order — nine episodes in addition to the initial run of 13. That adds up to a full season order.
“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 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 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.0 million viewers. While “S.H.I.E.L.D.” is beating it in the key demo, “The Blacklist” is the top Big 4 drama in total viewers.
The series stars Emmy Award-winner Spader as Red Reddington, a fugitive who helps the FBI catch a “blacklist” of bad guys on the condition that he only work with newbie profiler Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).
Jon Bokenkamp (“The Call,” “Taking Lives”), John Eisendrath (“Alias”), John Davis (“Predator,” “I, Robot,” “Chronicle”) and John Fox executive produce. The pilot was directed by Joe Carnahan (“The A-Team,” “The Grey”).
“The Blacklist” is a production of Sony Pictures Television and Davis Entertainment.