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‘The Blacklist’ Picked Up for Full 22-Episode Season by NBC

Series thus far ranks as the top new drama among broadcast nets

NBC is giving a full-season commitment to freshman drama “The Blacklist,” ordering an additional nine episodes of the James Spader starrer to round out its first season order to 22 segs.

Strengthened by its lead-in “The Voice,” “The Blacklist” has drawn strong ratings during its first two weeks on the Peacock’s Monday night lineup. Drama averages 12 million total viewers and has retained an above-average percentage of its premiere aud.

“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 prexy 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.”

“The Blacklist” is the first fall drama to receive a full-season pickup. Elsewhere on the Big Four, “Lucky 7” has been pulled from ABC’s lineup after struggling in ratings, and Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” was the first frosh program to receive a season-two renewal.

“The Blacklist” is produced by Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment.

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