When a new series ranks as the top freshman on television, dominates its timeslot and holds generally steady in the ratings even as its “The Voice” lead-in loses steam, there is no need to discuss its prospects: they are rosy.
Sure enough, NBC confirmed Tuesday that breakout series “The Blacklist” will be back for a second, twenty-two episode season.
While FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow” technically won the race to a second season, the comparison is not apples-to-apples. Since “Sleepy Hollow” was only booked for a thirteen episode inaugural season, its renewal was tantamount to the full season order “Blacklist” already received.
“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’s Rob Greenblatt. “With gratitude to both our partners at Sony Pictures Television and our NBC development executives who took a great script and shepherded it into a great series, I hope that Red Reddington never runs out of names to bring down on his list!”
In addition to garnering impressive ratings for its live airings, “The Blacklist” is a dominant DVR performer. The show is a hit no matter how one slices it. And it will be back for another year.