The Blacklist Scores A Full Season Order

NBC has picked up its new James Spader-led “The Blacklist” series for a full season.

The network has ordered the ‘back-nine’ episodes, bringing the show’s first season to a total of 22 episodes. The show has averaged 12 million viewers and a 3.6 rating over its first two episodes, and adds a further 4.4 million viewers in Live+3 ratings.

Spader plays Red Reddington, a high-profile fugitive who surrendered to the FBI and is working with them to catch a list of dangerous international criminals. There’s a catch though, he only deals with a rising young female agent whom he has no connection with.

“The Blacklist” has proven the breakout hit of the new TV season on the major four networks – the No. 1 new drama series in total viewers, and the No. 2 in key demo ratings (behind only “Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD”). Reviews have also been strong, not surprising as the show is one of the highest-testing for NBC in years.