Breakout NBC Drama Gets Back-Nine Script Order — What Made the Series Suddenly Hot?

Sep 28, 2015  •  Post A Comment

NBC has given a big vote of confidence to a new drama series. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network placed a back-nine order for scripts for “Blindspot” after airing just a single episode.

The move came on the heels of news that the freshman show’s premiere episode posted a huge increase in viewers in delayed viewing among the key 18-49 demo. The premiere episode surged from a 3.1 average rating in the demo to a 4.5 with three days of delayed viewing added in.

The show, which stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton, premiered Monday, Sept. 21, in the 10 p.m. slot — leading out from “The Voice.” The series focuses on a mysterious woman — Jane Doe, played by Alexander — who has lost her memory and who has clues to crimes tattooed all over her body.

The show bowed with a respectable 10.6 million total viewers, but that number surged to 15.2 million in Live+3, THR reports.

“While the additional script order doesn’t guarantee that ‘Blindspot’ — from showrunner Martin Gero and exec produced by Greg Berlanti — will earn a back-nine episode order, the series has been the breakout drama for NBC so far this season,” THR notes.



  1. If NBC is smart, they will limit the number of episodes. Don’t bleed it dry in one season. End the season with people wanting more. This is the type of premise that does well in shorter seasons. That is one of the places where the cable channels are very smart.

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