No surprise here — NBC breakout new drama The Blacklist has received an early back 9 pickup, bringing its first-season order to a full-season 22 episodes. James Spader shines as the enigmatic Red Reddington in the thriller procedural from Sony Pictures TV and Davis Entertainment, which opened with a 3.8 Live+Same Day adults 18-49 rating. “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 president Jennifer Salke. Through the first two weeks of the season, The Blacklist has averaged a 3.6 18-49 rating and 12 million viewers, ranking as the No. 1 most watched new drama this fall and No. 2 in 18-49. The series has dominated the Monday 10 PM hour, and the September 23 premiere added 4.4 million time-shifting viewers in Live+3. The Blacklist stars Spader and Megan Boone, with Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra co-starring. It joins Fox’s new drama Sleepy Hollow, which received a second-season order yesterday, with a pickup for ABC’s Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. likely to come next.

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