Get ready for nine more episodes of James Spader... hanging... onto... pauses... for dramatic effect! NBC has ordered a full season of The Blacklist, which means the FBI thriller is guaranteed at least a 22-episode run. The FBI thriller has emerged as NBC's big hit of the young fall season.
So far, the FBI drama has averaged 12 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the 18-49-year-old demographic, with both of those stats helped mightily by its comfortable spot behind The Voice. The 12 million viewer average makes it the most-watched new drama of the season so far, and the 3.6 rating puts it second behind ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. If you're NBC, you're pretty pleased, even if those numbers are fairly close to what Revolution pulled in behind The Voice last year before drying up.
The Blacklist stars Spader as Red Reddington, a most-wanted criminal who voluntarily surrendered himself to the FBI and offered to help catch other crooks on his "Blacklist," with one condition: He'll only work with new female agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). The thriller combines procedural elements (the team will catch one bad guy per week) with ongoing serialized elements (why does Red want to work with Keen? What's the deal with Keen's husband? Will that guy from Homeland ever have anything to do other than bark orders and chase people?). It's fairly entertaining as long as you don't sweat the details (here's my review of the series premiere).