The Blacklist is headed for a shocker. Megan Boone, the female lead opposite James Spader, is departing the long-running NBC series after eight seasons. She will make her last appearance as a series regular in the upcoming Season 8 finale.
NBC has renewed The Blacklist for a ninth season, the network announced today. The James Spader-led drama is currently airing its eighth season, with the upcoming Jan. 29 episode set to finally reveal the top name on Raymond Reddington’s infamous blacklist.
NBC has ordered an eighth season of The Blacklist, the second consecutive year the veteran drama has received an early renewal. This time, the pickup was tied to a celebration of The Blacklist‘s 150th episode with the cast and crew in New York this morning where the renewal announcement was just made by NBC executives. There are no current plans for Season 8 to be the show’s final season.
NBC has renewed its crime drama series The Blacklist for a seventh season. The original cast of the show, including co-leads James Spader and Megan Boone, are all set to return. Season six of the show is currently airing, with only two episodes left.
The series starring James Spader has been popular since its premiere, inspiring the spinoff series The Blacklist: Redemption, which has yet to be renewed for a second season. The parent program remains solid in its timeslot, however, averaging a 1.0 and 5.3 million viewers during Season 4.
NBC’s The Blacklist isn’t a top-rated show, but it is a DVR all-star. The Feb. 23 episode of the James Spader drama posted a 1.9 rating among viewers 18-49 with seven-day DVR playback added in, according to Nielsen. That was up 1.0 point or 111% from its original 0.9 live-plus-same-day DVR playback rating.
Ford Motor Co. has partnered with NBC to integrate the 2017 Ford Escape into two prime-time shows, The Blacklist and Blindspot. The custom content will air throughout May in pieces jointly created by Ford and NBC. The narrative will highlight various features on the 2017 Escape, including the available Sync connectivity.
NBC has renewed The Blacklist for a fourth season, according to creator Jon Bokenkamp. “We knew about that a while ago, it’s one of those things that’s hard to keep quiet. But yes, we’re renewed through the fourth season,” Bokenkamp said in an interview with the podcast “The Blacklist: Exposed.” “Hopefully we don’t tank that out, we got a lot of story to tell.”
The appearance of WRC Washington anchor Jim Handly delivering a breaking news report as part of the cold open of NBC’s The Blacklist post-Super Bowl broadcast did a disservice to him, his station, owner NBC and the viewers. Journalists should avoid putting themselves in any situation that would undermine their credibility. Pretending to be a TV reporter spouting words from a script is one such obvious situation. Local TV news still has a great reservoir of credibility, but it is not bottomless. Producers of that news should be careful not to dribble it away.
Earning additional season orders for the 2015-16 television season are The Blacklist (season three), Chicago Fire (season four), Chicago PD (season three), Law & Order: SVU (season 17) and Grimm (season five), the network announced. Still waiting for word on their futures are midseason entry Hannibal, which typically is renewed over the summer; as well as NBC’s one returning comedy from last season About a Boy.
The network has a lot riding on Sunday’s episode, as it’s using the hit drama to anchor its new Thursday lineup starting next week. Expectations are high.
The Blacklist is taking a breather before tackling a very tough job. The second-year drama, which airs its fall finale at 10 p.m. tonight on NBC, is going off the air for three months. In February, it will return as the show airing behind the Super Bowl. Then, a few nights later, Blacklist will relocate to its new timeslot: Thursday at 9 p.m., an hour where NBC has struggled the past two seasons since The Office went off the air.
For NBC’s top-rated drama The Blacklist, the network has devised a promotion and advertising campaign that will put the show and star James Spader front and center on billboards, faux magazine covers and online before its Sept. 22 return.
NBC’s The Blacklist starring James Spader and Megan Boone, set the record for Live+3 viewership, adding 5.4 million viewers to its original Jan. 20 episode, bringing its total for that episode to 14.3 million viewers (from 8.8 million).
The biggest freshman hit of the season, which wrapped its fall run near series-high ratings, will return to the network for the 2014-15 season.
The fall finale of NBC’s The Blacklist scored the new drama’s best rating since its season premiere. Last night’s show averaged a 3.5 adults 18-49 rating, up 17% over last week. It tied with lead-in The Voice as the No. 1 program of the night on broadcast, marking the first time that Blacklist has held 100% of Voice’s lead-in. The half-point week-to-week gain was the best for any new drama on broadcast this season.
NBC announced Monday that three new outings of the freshman hit will air in January in its current time slot, starting on Jan. 13. The move means that The Blacklist won’t be off the air for four months, much as previous time slot holder Revolution was last season, and that the network will get an idea how the series performs without a lead-in from The Voice.
The new NBC drama wraps up its fall season hoping to avoid the same fate as Revolution. It’s drawing good live numbers and outstanding DVR ratings.
NBC’s The Blacklist isn’t just a ratings winner or a critical success. It is also the first television series to perpetually push Live+7 audience measurement to the forefront of program evaluation by the press and other related businesses.
After becoming the first broadcast show to grow by 5 million viewers or more from Live+Same Day to Live+3, NBC‘s hot freshman The Blacklist has set another DVR record, becoming the first broadcast series to add more than 6 million viewers from L+SD to Live+7. And Fox’s New Girl almost doubled its live+SD result, posting the biggest percentage gain in Live+7, 89%, to a 3.6.
No surprise here — NBC breakout new drama The Blacklist has received an early back-nine pickup, bringing its first-season order to a full-season 22 episodes.