Netflix Nabs Rights to Stream Hit NBC Drama ‘The Blacklist’

Netflix confirmed Thursday that it has acquired the rights to NBC’s hot first-year drama “The Blacklist,” from Sony Pictures TV.

The deal is reportedly worth about $2 million per episode, though Netflix would not confirm the price. This would make it the most expensive off-network current series picked up by Netflix, eclipsing the roughly $1.35 million that it shelled out for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Netflix also got close to the $2 million threshhold last year when it picked up rights to all eight years of CBS-owned Showtime’s “Dexter,” which had just wrapped up its run.

The CBS dramas “Hawaii Five-0” and “NCIS: Los Angeles” garnered cable syndication license fees of more than $2 million.

“Blacklist,” a procedural that includes a key serialized storyline, was a breakout hit for NBC last fall and finished as the season’s No. 1 new program. It was the most time-shifted program last season, according to Nielsen, which may have made it especially attractive to Netflix.

The network gave it a big vote of confidence in May, announcing that the show would follow the network’s coverage of the Super Bowl next year; it will then move to anchor Thursdays, a weak night for the net in recent years.

News of the Netflix pickup of “The Blacklist” was first reported by Deadline.



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  1. bthm says:

    So here’s the tricky part of it: Comcast (which owns NBC) has to agree to let Sony (distributor for Blacklist) sell it to Netflix. And who sees that profit? SONY. #MINDBLOWN. This is exactly why everyone wants to be able to own and control distribution of their own content.

    In a more sensible world, wouldn’t you think Comcast would want Sony to sell Blacklist to Hulu? Seeing as NBCU has a stake in Hulu? (And also seeing how Netflix is much more of a threat, being privately owned?)

  2. Tristan says:

    any news on when we can expect it to be added?

  3. comcat says:

    Comcast is letting Sony sell something to Netflix?!?

  4. Jodi says:

    I can’t see Blacklist failing its viewers! Jea Spader is an awesome actor that everyone loves and his character is loved by many. Check out facebooks fans pod Blacklist.

  5. carole gutowski says:

    blacklist has to be the greatest tv drama ever.james spader is the best actor in a drama and yet he is passed up with the same people winning every emmy year.

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