In a move that will come as no surprise to industry watchers, NBC has ordered a second season of a freshman drama series that is one of the few new scripted hits of the current television season.
EW.com’s Inside TV reports that the network will bring back “The Blacklist” for 22 more episodes. The drama stars James Spader as an FBI-wanted terrorist.
“Blacklist” currently ranks as the top drama in the 18-49 demo among the big four broadcasters and is the top-performing new show in both the 18-49 demo and total viewers.
“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 NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a statement.
As previously reported, NBC will run the drama series in January without a lead-in from “The Voice,” which poses a programming risk to the network’s ratings hold on the season if viewership falls off as a result.