James Spaders freshman drama series The Blacklist was picked up for a full season of 22 episodes, the network announced on Friday, making it the second new show of the fall to receive a pickup. (Fox renewed Sleepy Hollow for a 13-episode second season earlier in the week.)
“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,” Jennifer Salke, NBC Entertainment president, said in a statement. “With great talent like James Spader and Megan Boone on board, as well our stellar executive producers and the whole cast and crew, we believe this outstanding series will continue to make NBC a big destination on Monday nights.
After two episodes, the crime drama has averaged 12 million viewers and a 3.6 rating in the all-important 18-49 demo.