Red Reddington is here to stay for at least another year: NBC has announced that its breakout hit of the fall 2013 season, The Blacklist
, has been renewed for season 2.
This comes just one day after the drama aired its mid-season finale that closed out the first half of season 1. Season 2, like its freshman outing, will consist of 22 episodes.
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"The success of The Blacklist demonstrates that inspired storytelling is alive and well in broadcast television, and I'm impressed on a daily basis by this creative team's imagination and the extend to which they will go to capture this grand vision on film," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a press release. "With gratitude to both our partners at Sony Pictures Television and our NBC development executives who took a great script and shepherded it into a great series, I hope that Red Reddington never runs out of names to bring down on his list!"
NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke added, "We are very proud of the creative achievements of The Blacklist, starting with creator Jon Bokenkamp and his incredible producing partners John Eisendrath, John Davis, John Fox and Michael Watkins. Our hats are off to them and to everyone in our dream cast -- starting with the incomparable James Spader and Megan Boone -- and our maverick pilot director, Joe Carnahan, and all of the gifted writers, producers and directors who bring this cinematic show to life each week."
The Blacklist has continued to maintain strong numbers each and every week, and is the #1 drama (and #2 scripted series) on broadcast TV in the 18-49 demographic. Its fall finale was watched by 12.3 million viewers.
The show has no doubt been buoyed by having The Voice as a lead-in. During the 2012-2013 season, Revolution held this same timeslot and brought in a lot of viewers, but the post-apocalyptic drama has since fallen dramatically after having moved to Wednesday night and no longer having the security of airing after The Voice.
While The Blacklist will remain where it is for the remainder of the season, there will be a few episodes airing in January that won't have the singing competition series as a lead-in. It will be interesting to see how the ratings fair during that time.
The NBC drama stars James Spader as Red Reddington and Megan Boone as Elizabeth Keen, and has a cast that also includes Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold and Parminder Nagra.
The Blacklist returns Monday, January 13 at 10pm on NBC.
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