Last season, NBC moved their highest-rated scripted series, The Blacklist to Thursday nights where the network’s had serious ratings problems for years. The series lost a lot of viewers but the execs are apparently still committed to airing it on that night. Will the numbers continue to fall in season three or will they rise? Could The Blacklist be cancelled or is it a sure thing to be renewed for a fourth season? Stay tuned.
The Blacklist revolves around one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader). He offers to help the authorities if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) is his partner. The FBI then essentially works for him as he identifies a “blacklist” of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists. Last season, Liz was framed for assassinating a senator, went on the run, and her name was added to the FBI 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. The other castmembers in this drama include Diego Klattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marno and Hisham Tawfiq.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show’s likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings data becomes available — usually the next day, around 11:30am EST/8:30am PST. Refresh to see the latest.
12/7 update: NBC has renewed The Blacklist for a fourth season.
5/20 update: You can see the rest of the latest night’s ratings.
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For comparisons: The second season of The Blacklist averaged a 2.35 rating in the 18-49 demographic with 9.51 million total viewers.
Note: Note: These are the Live + Same Day Ratings which include “live” viewing plus delayed DVR viewing, up until 3am local time that same night. Ratings marked with an “*” are the fast affiliate ratings and will be updated with the Live+SD numbers when they are made available. Typically, networks get paid for C+3 ratings which includes DVR viewing within three days of the original airing when commercials are watched. Those numbers are rarely released to the press.
What do you think? Do you still like The Blacklist TV series? Would you like to see it cancelled or renewed for third season?