NBC Orders Full Season of 'The Blacklist'
NBC Orders Full Season of 'The Blacklist'
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Following the first renewal (FOX's Sleepy Hollow) and the first cancellation (ABC's Lucky 7), NBC has given the first full-season order to a new show: The Blacklist.

The Monday night drama which had a huge premiere following The Voice has received an additional nine episodes to the original 13 all new shows get, meaning it will be around for the whole TV season.

The decision isn't a shock since it debuted as NBC's strongest drama premiere in a long time. The premiere had 12.58 million viewers, and it did much better in retaining a lot of the audience in week 2 with 11.35 million viewers. It has also done exceptionally well with DVR and other viewing platforms.

The Blacklist stars James Spader as a famous criminal who turns himself in and agrees to help the FBI in taking down other criminals he knows all about through his history.

An early full-season order can sometimes help cement the audience and viewers can be assured that their investment in the show will pay off and there's no need to worry of it being canceled too quickly.

The full-season order helps keep NBC solid for at least three nights a week. Sunday has football, Monday has The Voice and The Blacklist, and Tuesday has The Voice and Chicago Fire. It's just a shame success doesn't spread. The networks Thursday night line-up is embarrassing, with low ratings across the whole evening. While The Blacklist succeeded, the sitcom Welcome to the Family came in with the lowest premiere of the new season with less than 3 million viewers.

Now that The Blacklist has a full-season order, Sleepy Hollow is renewed for season 2 and Lucky 7 has been canceled, it's open season for all networks to start making decisions about their new shows.

The Blacklist airs Mondays at 10pm on NBC.

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